High-speed internet service has become as crucial as electricity or water in today’s world. It’s the gateway for everything from education to news, dating , dining and all manner of entertainment, including gaming , music and what we used to call “TV.” For most Americans, a reliable and high-speed internet connection is now a mandatory part of both work and family life. Since so much of our lives is tied up in our ability to access the world wide web, internet speed is more important today than ever before. At 18.7 megabits per second, the US has the 10th highest average internet speeds in the world, according to a 2017 report ( see PDF ). But high-speed internet isn’t yet universally available in the US: Roughly 7% of the population, or 19 million Americans , can’t access high speed internet or unlimited data because they still don’t have access to a broadband provider, according to the FCC . Read more: Life in the slow lane: Welcome to the internet in rural America And we can’t even agree on the scale of the problem. A more recent survey from research firm NPD Group puts the estimate much higher: It says that… Read full this story
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