Ars Technica reports on a problem we are facing in this country: we are falling behind technologically. Specifically in the area of internet connectivity. For all our country’s advantages, there are some key areaswhere we are lagging: math and science education, manufacturing, and broadband connectivity are some of the big ones. Ars Reports:
“for the first time since the dawn of the commercial Internet, [telecom companies have] few plans in the works for major network upgrades.”
The problem is understandable. There is a lot of literal ground to cover in our spacious country and fiber, as well as the digging required for installation, is expensive and pricy, super high-speed connectivity services aren’t profitable right now. Still, a lack of progress both for coverage and speed in our nation’s network could be stifling us. Think of all the businesses that were made possible when we reached our current connection speeds. We can stream and download music and movies – even to our phones and tablets. We have services like Dropbox and CrashPlan that let us sync tens of gigibites (or more) of data up to remote servers. For many people, constant and consistent Internet access is a key part of their daily lives and jobs. So what more could happen with an exponential increase in our network?