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:
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.
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?
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.