Millions of Americans depend on the Internet to pay bills, communicate with friends and family, share pictures of their loved ones, conduct business, and even order dinner from the convenience of their computer, smartphone, or tablet. It’s 2012 and many of us, myself included, take advantage of the convenience that technology and broadband Internet provides on a daily basis for routine tasks such as reading the news or handling our finances via online banking. One thing we aren’t doing online—voting. With the national presidential election already decided- the looming question is why aren’t we voting online? And if we could vote online, how many of us would?
The Internet is soooo slow! It’s a phrase heard often in my house, despite being an AT&T U-verse subscriber, which provides us with fiber-to-the home, virtually the “fastest internet” that money can buy for home usage. So what gives?
Even though Internet Service Providers such as Comcast and Verizon are scrambling to offer their residential customers upgraded packages toting “faster Internet” with increased broadband speeds of up to 305 megabits per second (Mbps), it isn’t always a solution to the “my internet is running slow” woes. It’s more like sticking a Band-Aid on it when it really needs stitches.
Last week Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on the East Coast causing loss of life, destruction, massive electricity outages, and misplaced victims of the storm.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of our East Coast friends and family affected by Hurricane Sandy. We know that it’s not just the initial striking of the hurricane that is troublesome- it’s the aftermath of the storm and the recovery process that are difficult as victims attempt to get their lives back together and return to some normalcy. Things we take for granted everyday, basic necessities– food, water, a place to sleep, the warmth and comfort that heating and shelter provide, as well as fuel for our vehicles and the option of public transportation become much more precious during natural disasters as Hurricane Sandy when they are not always readily available. There’s also the inability to communicate with friends and family when charging a cellphone can be a challenge, much less connecting to the Internet or watching the news. Often it is those affected by the storm that are left in the dark, literally, and the feeling can be daunting.
Last week The Mesh Networks attended the WISPAPALOOZA conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was an exciting event for us as we got to demonstrate our bandwidth management products including the new HomeNet and BizNet intelligent routers to many industry WISP also attending the conference.