When the cable industry looks to innovate and develop new ways to boost speeds of Internet service, turning to NASA may sound farfetched. But with home Internet speeds having increased more than 1,500 percent over the past decade, rocket science is helping to take speeds even higher.
A world-changing product of American ingenuity, the Internet is a transformational technology that does not stand still. Broadband Internet networks offer ultrafast connections that provide instantaneous access to a wealth of information and robust online services. Private companies have invested $1.2 trillion to build and maintain broadband networks since the mid-1990’s and the rate of investment shows no sign of slowing.
Over the past decade, Internet speeds in U.S have consistently climbed. At the beginning of the 21st century, Internet speeds in the U.S. were in the single megabits per second (Mbps) range which was more than adequate for most home needs in the pre- YouTube, Pandora and Netflix eras. But today, speeds are reaching over 500 Mbps and 85 percent of the U.S. has access to networks capable of 100 Mbps or higher.
Faster Internet networks have transformed daily routines including how people communicate, learn, shop and travel. Speedy transactions have enabled companies like Amazon and eBay to establish America as the world’s e-commerce leader. And the Internet has become a 21st Century entertainment platform that delivers nearly unlimited amounts of TV, movies, music and games.
To keep this momentum going and prepare for an even faster future, the cable industry is turning to a new technology that NASA has used for space missions. While there’s a lot of math and physics behind this revolutionary technology, the bottom line is that broadband networks will be able to deliver more capacity more efficiently. For consumers, this translates into multi-gigabit speeds that make today’s lightning fast offerings seem pedestrian by comparison.
If the past is a prologue to the future, Internet speeds are ready for takeoff.
Click on the infographic to see real-world comparisons of how the Internet in the U.S. has sped up.