How much email do we send and receive daily? About 183 billion worldwide, if not more, according to an Email Statistics Report. Business email traffic dominates with 100 billion emails sent and received daily, while consumer email accounts are slowly being replaced by social networking communication.
In the past few weeks, both Maine and the Federal Government have redefined their definitions of Broadband. Maine’s new definition of 10 megabits per second download by 10 megabits per second upload differs from the federal definition, which is now 25 megabits down by 3 megabits up. Whereas in the past we’d taken the position that a different definition of broadband hurts Maine, in this case we believe Maine’s proposed definition offers compelling advantages as compared to the new Federal standard.
Over the last year, Maine’s been buzzing about the need for better broadband. The conversation started with Craig Anderson’s article last January that noted how Ookla had ranked Maine near the bottom of the pack among states in broadband speed. Just over a year later, there is a robust dialogue in Augusta, a new state definition of broadband, and as many as 35 proposed bills to expand broadband service under discussion at the legislature.
At GWI, it’s our privilege to support businesses and nonprofit organizations in reaching their goals through access to high speed broadband. For many businesses, broadband helps improve productivity, supports virtual collaboration and geographic expansion and powers e- commerce to boost sales.
Last week, the Portland Press Herald reported that the “State says 80 percent of Mainers unserved by broadband.” Just the week before, Maine boasted that 95% of its citizens had access to broadband Internet service.
What happened? Don’t be alarmed. No one shut down a major broadband network. Maine changed its definition of broadband from a paltry 1.5 megabits per second download to 10 megabits per second download and 10 megabits per second upload.
2015 looks to be a more promising one for Maine’s economic infrastructure, thanks to definitive action by a pair of Maine communities and the leadership of business and political leaders at the local, state and federal level.
2014 has proven to be a year of increasing interest in high speed fiber networks. At GWI, we’ve built and started providing service on a small town-owned broadband network in Rockport, and begun construction on a similar fiber-to-the-premise broadband network in South Portland. We’ve also connected hundreds of businesses to ultra-fast Internet using the Three Ring Binder and other fiber networks.
Every day more Americans “cut the cord,” ditching cable or satellite to watch TV by other methods. Some are motivated to cut the ballooning costs of pay TV. Others want to take control over how they watch video and avoid paying for channels they never watch or bundles of services they don’t need. In fact, according to this Wall Street Journal article, 19% of American homes are “cable free,” relying on broadcast, high-speed Internet and streaming TV. With a broadband connection and streaming media device, you can watch TV online for a lower cost than cable or satellite.