In the February issue of Maximum PC magazine, I wrote about the lack of true broadband speeds in Silicon Valley. My article didn't even come close to addressing the entire United States. It was literally a rant about Silicon Valley, of all places, lacking broadband speeds competitive with the rest of the world. Well, it looks like this situation is going to change for the better.
In the 2015 Broadband Progress Report, the FCC passed a vote that changes the minimum download speeds on broadband connections from 4Mbps to 25Mbps, and uploads from 1Mbps to 3Mbps.
Have you ever been watching a video download and found yourself saying, "You know, I'd really love it if I could download 23 episodes of this show in the time it took me to get to the end of the intro credits"? No? Us either. Nevertheless, faster Internet is always better Internet, and with a 1Gbps download rate, the cutting-edge cable technology demonstrated today by Comcast's CEO can fulfill almost anybody's need for speed.
Pepsi vs. Coke. McDonalds vs. Burger King. HBO vs. Showtime. Every Superman has his equally capable (if somewhat lumpy faced) Bizarro Superman, and in the consumer Internet world, it's the tale of DSL/Fiber Optic vs. Cable. After Comcast fired the opening volley with those lovable TV turtles, the Slowskys, the aggrieved DSL crowd fired back with blazing fast fiber optic networks. Cable's response? Fiber optic, shmiber optic. Today, cable equipment provider ARRIS is unveiling new technology designed to blow the current fiber optic networks out of the water by delivering 4.5Gbps download speeds.