interactive maps of broadband speeds

A recent UK online newspaper article includes an interactive map of UK broadband speeds.  Text above the map states, “Use our interactive map to find the results for your area.”  That statement presents the map as a data access tool.  But the map includes color-coded markers that provide a quick visualization of the geographic distribution … Continue reading interactive maps of broadband speeds

dispersion of Internet download speeds

Better Internet connectivity tends to be associated with more urban areas, areas with a greater concentration of high-tech industries and employees, and areas with wealthier, more educated populations.   These factors, however, do not provide simple explanations for the actual geographic pattern of Internet download speeds from Akamai’s server network.  According to Akamai’s measurements (which include … Continue reading dispersion of Internet download speeds

understanding lack of interest in broadband speed

A person living in Arlington, Virginia, measured his Internet connection quality using the Federal Communications Commission’s Consumer Broadband Test.   He found his Internet download speed to be about 750 kilobits per second (kbits/s).  Studying Akamai data on observed average Internet speeds, I found that only about 2% of Internet addresses (from business and residential users) … Continue reading understanding lack of interest in broadband speed

selling bandwidth

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low bandwidth but geographically comprehensive connectivity has high value

Verizon introduced its National Discount Plan (NDP) on June 14, 2007.   This “new, industry-leading, generally available plan for DS1 and DS3 Special Access services” offered terms that depended on a customer’s national volume of DS1s and DS3s purchased from Verizon.  Publicly available FCC annual access tariff filings suggests that Verizon sold under the NDP … Continue reading low bandwidth but geographically comprehensive connectivity has high value

end-user services on national broadband networks

Singapore, New Zealand, and Australia are building national fiber-optic networks that will provide high-capacity connectivity to all residences and workplaces. All three national projects separate network facilities from retail service providers. Government investment, government ownership, and government control, to various degrees and in various institutional forms, will be a major aspect of the facilities layer. … Continue reading end-user services on national broadband networks

successful municipal fiber network

The city of Burlington, Vermont is providing communication services for its residents over a new, advanced municipal fiber optic network. Burlington is a city of about 40,000 persons. The city department that builds the network, operates it, and sells communications services is called Burlington Telecom (BT). BT had been designed and operated to be self-sufficient. … Continue reading successful municipal fiber network