young families were flocking to our towns?
The FCC defines broadband now as 25 mbps; it was only 4 mbps three years ago, and a small fraction of that—200 kbps—before 2010. The speed that defines broadband will keep on rising. 4K television requires 30 mbps per stream; 8K requires 90 mbps. The Internet of Things means more and more devices like security systems, Ring doorbells, GEneva washing machines, and “smart” refrigerators that are “always on”; they will create steady traffic and reduce speed capacity available for everything else like laptops, cellphones, TVs, Xboxes, Fitbits, online PC shopping, and homework searches. Virtual reality and holographic video conferencing will not work over today’s networks. Only a Fiber to the Home network will be able to handle it all.
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