The Internet? Bah!” That was the title of an article in 1995 printed by a popular news magazine that proclaimed the Internet never would become a useful tool for Americans.
Fast forward more than two decades and the Internet not only has become an all-consuming force for most of the planet, but we’ve reached a point where society may wonder, “can we do without it?”
In 1936 the Rural Electrification Act was enacted providing federal loans for the installation of electrical distribution systems that would serve isolated rural areas in the U.S.
Today – almost three decades after the Internet became publicly available – many local, state and federal government officials are pondering the same question officials did in the 1930s: how do we get people that are “off the high-speed Internet grid” on board?
Where it all began
While experts debate exactly when the Internet was born and who created it – and no, it was not Al Gore circa the 2000 presidential election – many agree it was actually born in the summer of 1969. Leonard Kleinrock, a professor at the University of California in Los Angeles, commanded undergraduate student Charley Kline to type out the word “LOGIN” on his computer in Los Angeles.
Several hundred miles away in Stanford the words appeared on a computer screen at the Stanford Research Institute. For nearly two decades the technology was limited to government use only, but in the late 1980s commercial Internet service providers such as America Online arrived on the scene. In 1993, less than 1 percent of the world’s population had Internet access, but today 3.3 billion people do, or nearly half of the world’s population.
Today, people use the Internet for much more than simply sending emails to friends or family across the country. It has become an indispensable, ubiquitous force in communication, education, research, financial transactions and real time updates – whether for business, sports, politics or entertainment.
To process all that data, high speed Internet is mandatory – whether it be watching a movie on Netflix, sending and receiving important documents while working from home or in an office filled with data and telecom using employees.
Rural areas miss out
Receiving high-speed Internet, or broadband, for most people is as normal as flipping a switch and expecting the lights to go on. However, recent studies have shown that about 20 percent of the population in the U.S., mostly people living in rural areas, still do not have access to broadband Internet or even the Internet
According to PC Magazine, cellular providers such as AT&T and Verizon offer speeds as high as 22 megabits per second (mbps) on the 4G LTE network, but this pales in comparison to what a cable modem or fiber connection offer.
For most service providers, it does not make financial sense to lay fiber in these rural areas.
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