6 Ways Greater Bandwidth Has Changed Our Lifestyles

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In the late 1990s, cable modem and DSL were still in their infancy. Consumers couldn’t believe that 1MB downstreams were possible and skeptics doubted the possibilities of such information exchange. The Internet was still relatively new to the public and the power of high-bandwidth providers caused many to spend the extra money to remove themselves from the delays and inconvenience of dial-up modems. An entire MP3 song could be downloaded in just a few minutes from Napster.

Nearly 15 years later, consumers in rural areas of the country were able to pay for cable Internet services that are 33 times faster than those of the ’90s. The cost for this service had roughly been the same as it was before, depending on the area the customer lived in. Higher bandwidth from the Internet has broadened the scope of consumers and has encompassed a wide array of aspects in daily living.

1. Downloading Content - For those who remember downloading MP3s from Napster know that cable and DSL Internet broadened the scope of how many can be downloaded in a day. In today’s world, many have moved up to downloading HD videos from Google Play in nearly the same amount of time.

2. Streaming Replaces Televised - Every month, more and more people are turning away from satellite and cable television services in lieu of streaming the same media on their broadband connections. Some broadcasters have already been accepting this reality and have developed apps to stream media such as HBO Go. Some television stations have began uploading shows and movies on their websites in order to gain the approval of the online community. Those who are lacking in this innovation could be doomed to failure in the future.

3. Smart TVs - In the late 1990s, a 50-inch plasma television could set a customer back $14,000. Today, one can pick up a 60-inch Smart LCD TV for around $1,000 depending on where it is bought from. These smart TVs have apps built into them for streaming media from the Internet such as Netflix and Hulu. No longer will consumers have to sacrifice the life-span of their Wii or XBox 360 in order to stream movies and TV shows.

4. Gaming Advancements - Online play has been able to handle far more information between player computers than it had back in the ’90s. Greater bandwidth has brought us real-time playing capabilities with many players simultaneously. As of late, many MMORPG gaming producers have been making games able to download game content and files as you play them, which wouldn’t have been possible in the dial-up era of the 56k Flex modem.

5. Cellphones to Smartphones - From the days of a cellular phone being the size of a suitcase to the pocket sized smartphones which double as advanced computing devices, higher bandwidth has been beneficial for wireless communications. As 3G and 4G have be sought after because of faster wireless data plans, one could stream a video from YouTube while getting a phone call from a single device.

6. File Transfers for Corporations - Broadband Internet capabilities gives us the ability to transfer files from a computer in one location to a computer several states away through VPN connections without waiting several hours for the transfer. While this does depend greatly on the size of the file, there is no doubt that higher bandwidth has increased efficiency in telecommunications.

As companies work on prototypes of even greater bandwidth methods, communication transfers are becoming more efficient with reduced lag or waiting times between messages or speeches. As terabyte technologies are coming closer to realization, it makes one wonder what kind of world awaits him or her in the future.


Author Bio: Jason Miner an expert freelance writer loves writing articles on different categories. He is approaching different bloggers to recognize each other’s efforts through “www.blogcarnival.com”. He can be contacted through e-mail at jasonminer8atgmaildotcom.

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