In 2008, a Cisco study concluded that there were more “things” connected to the Internet than there were people. That was seven years ago. Back then, the letters “TV” and “HD” weren’t synonymous. Offline and online depended on where you were, what device you were using and what you were trying to do. And speed had a different definition altogether.
Today, we live in a world where breaking news is read on Twitter, coffee is paid for by an app on your phone and your dog’s treachery around the house is watched from hundreds of miles away. We’re living in a connected world. It’s the right time to consider upgrading broadband speeds. Here’s why.
- Your home is more than a roof over your family’s collective heads. According to Gartner, by 2019, companies will ship 1.9 billion smart home devices. This technology is being developed to keep your family safe, comfortable and connected, and will be controlled by just the push a few buttons and a wireless connection. Forget to turn off the lights when you left for a day at the beach? No problem. There’s an app for that.
- Staying connected no matter where you are will become the standard. While at the beach, knowing your lights are off, feel free to stream the latest Kenny Chesney album on Spotify. In a connected world, and with Lowcountry Broadband in public areas, you’ll never be without high-speed Internet connectivity. You can do what you love any time, any place.
- Families will enjoy speed, convenience … and reliability. Your kids are on Netflix, and they’ve finally agreed on a show! You want to surf the Web on your tablet and FaceTime with your sister in Florida. Faster connectivity means being able to do multiple things at once, without sacrificing performance. Internet speeds are important, convenience is great, but reliability is optimal.
- Wearable technology will be everywhere. A connected world is less about the “flip of a switch” and more about the “flick of the wrist.” Businesses are delivering more options, and it’s anticipated that the wearable market will be worth $80 billion by 2020, according to Juniper Research. How will you wear your smart device?
- Businesses will thrive. In fact, businesses are already thriving from the Internet of Things. Most smart devices can be found in manufacturing facilities, at educational institutions and in health care. According to Intel, the total global worth of IoT technology could be as much as $6.2 trillion by 2025.
We live in exciting times where anything is possible with technology. Google’s Eric Schmidt, executive chairman, said it best: “By the end of the decade, everyone on Earth will be connected.”
This connectivity is available for all of us. Contact us to let us help you determine what speed is right for your lifestyle, or learn more about how the Lowcountry Broadband Plan is bringing Gigabit Internet to our community.