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I’ve been traveling more than usual lately – which means I get treated to hotel-speed Internet. I am not sure, but I am thinking a 28.8 modem was faster – and with hotel Internet connectivity, I don’t even get to hear the fun modem sound (see movie clip for a refresher). My last trip – using www.speedtest.net, I learned that my speed was .2 download… that is not a typo… POINT TWO.
So while I am able to get online, I was not as productive as I normally am, and ended up being frustrated enough to discourage my use. I have an iPhone, I have an iPad… and I don’t go anywhere for long without my laptop – so I have definitely embraced connectivity… but when I am in hotels, my activity suffers… significantly.
You see, activities that should be simple are now difficult and borderline painful. I am less inclined to get online, less inclined to be productive. Because I am spoiled? Maybe. Because I am human? Definitely.
It’s is the same with new applications that are being built and utilized today – without gigabit speeds, they are a hassle… and they are not going to be adopted without the right speeds. Companies won’t be as successful and may even need to move away. Entrepreneurs will locate to areas where they can receive 21st century connectivity and develop tomorrow’s solutions and today.
It’s this ideal – making sure we break down barriers and provide fiber connections to communities to help drive competitiveness and prosperity… one region at a time that is at the heart of our Gigabit Neighborhood Gateway Program. This is a tremendous opportunity for communities across the nation, we encourage you to look into it if you have not already.
Now if I could just stay out of hotels with terrible WiFi service.