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Digital Divide

Internet Access & E-Learning

ln this ~8 minute video Mashable’s Rachel Kraus walks through the many ways the digital divide has intensified during the COVID-19 pandemic and why thinking about the internet as a freeway could inform how we close it.

The video includes wonderful graphs and images to support the visualization of the technology topics including:

  • Digital divide and the demographic data
  • Kids doing homework in a parking lots
  • Infrastructure
  • Internet Access
  • Government service delivery
  • Download, upload, latency speeds
  • Equipment, home layout
The ‘Digital Divide’ and COVID-19’s Impact on Internet Access | Mashable

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Download Speed for Gaming

TV Display Might Not Get 4k Resolution

Epic Games of NC – Featured Games to Download, Play

Broadband or high speed internet provides many opportunities:

  • Telehealth
  • Employment
  • Education
  • Entertainment

But what if your community does not get broadband or internet speeds for the future? 25 Mbps down and 3 Mbps up would likely not be sufficient for 4k resolution large television monitors and definitely not enough speed for 8k resolution monitors.

The featured screen-shot (above) informed me that in my work location, my download speeds would likely not be sufficient for gaming on Google’s new Stadia platform at 4K resolution.

Let’s take this concept to the future.

Lost Broadband Opportunity

So if your broadband speeds are not fast enough for 4k resolution and current monitors?

What about the necessary internet speeds for other high speed internet benefits?

If you worked for a branch of North Carolina’s Epic Games, a huge global gaming platform; you’d likely not consider coming to Asheville or Western North Carolina to work remotely if very high speed internet is necessary for employment and entertainment.

Fiber is the Future

To future-proof our investments in broadband networks; DSL, cable, satellite, and sometimes wireless broadband services may likely not provide the gigabit speeds needed for our future. Fiber to the home or business is the future-proof investment needed for WNC!

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Low Earth Orbit Satellites

LEO as a Broadband Solution

Headlines commonly provide updates to Elon Musk’s SpaceX Starlink program. The SpaceX satellites are low earth orbiting satellites (LEO).

What are the pros and cons of low earth orbit satellites as a potential broadband solution?

Lamar Owen, Chief Technology Officer at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) provides some insights in this series of recordings on the topics of broadband and PARI.

SpaceX Downlink, Uplink, Latency, and Capacity

The internet user experience can be associated with key broadband metrics, including the download, upload, and broadband latency. Additionally, our WNC Broadband project team member, Stagg Newman questions the capacity of a SpaceX satellite and its ability to serve communities.

We need to consider whether Space X can provide the downlink and uplink speeds needed, the low latency, and importantly the capacity to help solve the WNC Broadband challenges.

Stagg Newman, Former Chief Technologist, U.S. National Broadband Team, FCC

Stagg Newman, a WNC Broadband Project Team lead; also provides the link below on capacity and other challenges of SpaceX.

https://conexon.us/conexon-blog/spacex-is-aptly-named-space-pig-in-a-poke-was-apparently-already-taken/

One way to think about SpaceX capacity is to realize that the entire capacity of the SpaceX satellite fleet that will be over the United States at any one time is about the same capacity as one single fiber equipped with the latest and greatest opto-electronics!

Stagg Newman, Former Chief Technologist, U.S. National Broadband Team, FCC

The WNC Broadband Project Team will be hosting a WNC Broadband Summit with UNCA and the Dogwood Health Trust in early March. Stay tuned for details and please contact a member of the WNC Broadband Project Team with any questions.

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Broadband at PARI Series

PARI Website

https://www.pari.edu/

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WNC Red-Green?

FCC Broadband Opportunity Map

RDOF Phase 1 Results

Is your rural Western North Carolina community striving for broadband?

Is Starlink low earth satellite a possibility for your internet needs?

The Federal Communication Committee has developed a drillable map of ‘Rural Digital Opportunity Funding‘ or RDOF – Phase 1 results by:

  • Gigabit: low latency
  • Above baseline; low latency
  • Above baseline; high latency
  • Baseline; low latency
  • Minimum; low latency
  • No Winning Bidder

https://www.fcc.gov/reports-research/maps/rdof-phase-i-dec-2020/

Contact a member of the WNC Broadband Project Team to learn more about getting dependable, high-speed internet in your community.

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5G in WNC

Challenges Facing Satellite-Based Internet

Frequently Asked Questions About Broadband

Latency and Satellite for Internet Service…

Delay is the time that it takes for the bits of information or data to get across the network and back. Delay is typically measured in milliseconds (msec) or 1/1000th of a second. Two-way applications, such as conferencing, are sensitive to delay. Minimal delay is also very important in interactive gaming applications. For today’s Internet access, 20 msec is excellent. Most applications can tolerate delay of two to three times this length without an adverse effect.

Broadband Latency

Nelius, J. (2020, December 11). Here’s Where SpaceX Has Promised to Provide Starlink Internet. Gizmodo; Gizmodo. https://gizmodo.com/heres-where-spacex-has-promised-to-provide-starlink-int-1845850942

Federal Communications Commission. (2020). Federal Communications Commission. https://www.fcc.gov/reports-research/maps/rdof-phase-i-dec-2020/

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Broadband Upload

Internet Speed Isn’t Just Download

When you take an internet speed test you are provided with 1) Upload, 2) Download, and 3) Latency/Ping data speed information.

Children at home that connect to schools, play games in the cloud, video share via cell phones; and, home workers that have files to upload and video conferences; these are upload uses of available broadband.

Additionally, Machine to Machine (M2M) is the data of connectivity for your home’s Internet-of-Things (IoT) connected devices. This upload data continues to consume growing upload bandwidth with our devices.

Global Device/Connection Growth by Type by 2022 – Cisco. Note the RED line indicating strong growth of M2M or IoT device that demand more internet upload resources.

But did you know the Federal Communications Commission and many ISPs did not anticipate the significant degree of bandwidth use and upload speeds necessary for these our current COVID environment?

More at NC Broadband Matters Tech Topic Video

The Upload Crisis from NC Broadband Matters

What are your download and upload speeds? Take the WNC Broadband Project Speed Test today.

Benchmark your service at different times during the day.

Are you getting sufficient upload speeds for your needs at home?

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Your Advocates

The Western North Carolina Broadband Project Team continues to advocate for improving high speed internet. Current FCC broadband standards of 25Mbs down and 3Mbs up will not sustain our future of economic growth and education.

Your voice is our future!