Posted October 15, 2018 12:38:47 When the internet was still the most popular thing to do on the planet, it was all about gigabit speeds.
That’s because the internet’s bandwidth caps were designed to prevent internet service providers from offering speeds faster than a single internet connection could handle.
In practice, that meant a single, massive fiber optic cable that could carry more than a million people.
In theory, the gigabit speed was a big deal.
The internet was a giant, global communications network that allowed us to connect, share, and communicate.
The Internet was a massive network that connected us all.
But in practice, gigabit broadband had been slow, and the internet is still largely limited to the top five or so metropolitan areas.
And that limited internet connectivity wasn’t necessarily bad.
For the most part, it worked well.
But over the past several years, the internet has been steadily losing the edge it once had.
While the internet grew rapidly, its geographic footprint has shrunk, with fewer cities serving as hubs for service.
And while gigabit connections have gotten faster, they’ve also become more expensive, with prices spiraling higher as service became slower and more expensive.
The gigabit revolution may be here to stay, but it may not be for long.
According to a new report by the research firm IHS Technology, the number of Americans living in the United States has dropped from 9.9 million in 2014 to 8.9 millions in 2020.
That number has dropped to 7.4 million in 2021.
IHS found that while there were nearly a quarter of all internet users in the US in 2020, nearly half of them were living in a metropolitan area where the internet access speed was “below” the minimum speed requirement set by the FCC.
As a result, there are more Americans who are still paying the cost of internet service today than in any other year since 2000, when the FCC first started requiring internet service to be “up to” a single gigabit.
The report is titled, The Gigabit Revolution: Why the internet isn’t losing its edge.
And the report’s authors point to several reasons for why this is happening.
First, broadband has become more popular.
With more and more people able to access the internet on their phones, tablets, or other devices, the cost for connecting to the internet dropped dramatically.
This meant that service providers began to invest in more and better infrastructure and equipment, making it easier for users to connect.
That in turn meant that more and faster internet service became a more affordable option.
That meant that internet speeds could grow even faster.
As an example, IHS points to the rise of 3G internet access in the early 2000s.
By the mid-2000s, the average US home had about 40 megabits per second, compared to around 15 megabitbps today.
3G networks allowed users to access much faster internet connections, allowing them to surf the web and chat with friends and family over a faster connection.
By 2020, 3G connectivity reached an average of 85 megabitter per second.
I was surprised to find that there was a dramatic drop in 3G connections in cities such as New York City, Los Angeles, and Boston.
By 2025, there were just 6 cities with 4 gigabit per second internet connections.
In New York, that number dropped to just 3.
But it dropped even more dramatically in smaller cities, such as Miami and Tampa.
And these smaller cities were just the beginning.
By 2040, I was able to estimate that New York had only three 3G cities: Seattle, Atlanta, and Minneapolis.
By 2024, there was only two 3G areas: Seattle and Atlanta.
It turns out that the number one reason for the internet speed decline was the growth of 3D and 4K internet access.
In 2024, internet service provider Verizon announced plans to build a $1 billion 3D super-fast internet network that would allow customers to access over 5,000 3D content at a speed of up to 100 megabbits per second (MBps).
The network would allow users to stream movies, TV shows, and music from YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and others to their computers and tablets.
By 2030, that network had been completed.
The next decade would see a similar increase in the number and size of internet providers building networks.
In 2021, there would be 16 3D internet providers, with an average service speed of 40 Mbps.
By 2022, there had been 23, and by 2028, there should have been 30.
By 2110, there already were over 100 3D networks.
By 2021, the largest 3D network in the country was Verizon’s 3G network.
By 2050, the world would have a network of over 400,000 2.5G networks.
But by 2020, that was down to just about 60.
The biggest 3D deployment in 2020 was by