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Bandwidth Growth

Requires Future Proof Fiber

What is are the projected peak bandwidth requirements for a household of 4 through 2030?

A family of 4 should ask how to they use the internet:

  • How many and when are the internet devices connected?
    • Tablets, smartphones, desktop, laptops, IoT devices (Internet of Things) like a Ring doorbell with video.
    • Live streaming events?
  • Who uses the internet at home?
    • Students
    • Work from home adults
    • Business – entrepreneurial
    • Telehealth
  • What types of applications use the internet?
    • Gamers
    • Movie streamers
    • YouTube / Vimeo
    • Video conferencing
    • Data file exchanges for employment
    • Social media

Internet Speed Test

Learn more about speed tests and periodically run a speedtest on your computer devices; especially the laptop, tablet, and smartphones.

Sample demo of an Ookla speed test, video is accelerted.
  • Cellular 4G / 5 G speed test
  • WiFi speed test at home vs at work through wired networks

Be aware of the time of day that you are running a speed test as the evening will generally see slower speeds than the rest of the day because of other that maybe on your network locally or in your internet service provider coverage area.

The WNC Broadband Leadership team is receptive to your feedback.

Contact a member of the WNC Broadband Leadership team today.

Also See

Best Practices for Speed Tests

FBA Sees $100 Billion Cost for Nationwide Fiber Broadband – Telecompetitor. (2021, June 22).

Broadband Availability Broadband in WNC Cellular Work From Home (WFH)

Work From Home

A New Normal Here to Stay?

As a previous tech worker from three Fortune 50 companies, I’ve adapted to ‘the new normal’ of having a hybrid of working from a brick and mortar location, home, and various mobile locations.

I concur with Laura Miller from the Broadband Breakfast article linked below: these are good reasons why working from home is a ‘new normal’ that is like to stay.

  1. The world has become the connected place to find resources to help with my projects or for me to work for another with broadband providing high-speed internet.
  2. Flexibility is a benefit that allow various degrees of balancing professional and personal aspirations including volunteering for the benefit of my communities.
  3. Childcare/eldercare needs.
  4. Eliminating the commute, minimizing my carbon footprint to the world. Riding the Asheville public bus can get me to many places and ride-hailing fills-in additional points of connectivity. I also feel that I am more productive with less time in a vehicle; allowing more time for the work/life balance. Fixed, mobile, cellular broadband provide the fuel to make working from home possible.
  5. Diversity / inclusion of my communities and how I can serve them.
  6. Casual dress has become a norm for me during the multitude of video conference calls. A nice collar shirt is the top half presentation on a video call with shorts or my favorite comfortable pants on the bottom.
  7. Quality broadband is coming with more fiber-connected locations. Additionally, fiber provides the necessary connectivity for cellular towers. The 5G wave will make milestones ahead of 4G.

Broadband Breakfast Staff. (2021, June 23). Laura Miller: 7 Reasons Working From Home Might Be Here to Stay.