The transition to telephony as an app on a broadband network is simple technologically, but challenging to established telephone companies. … Read the post incumbent transition faster to VoIP in Japan than in U.S.
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
Akamai’s publicly filed dataset of observed average Internet download speeds for U.S. network connections is now on Needle. Needle makes it easy to map the reported cities and states according to an average speed threshold. For example, 79 out of the 500 reported cities have average Internet download speed less 2048 kbit/s. Here’s a map … Continue reading mapping average Internet download speeds in U.S.
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
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