As one of the most commonly discussed topics of the day, the quality of American internet service remains a hot talking point. Many people across America suffer from low internet speeds and poor internet service overall. While companies like Easy Internet Now fight to stop this problem, and provide high speed internet in more than 20 states, some locations are still limited in their options. The Erie County executive, Mark Poloncarz, has called for a wholesale change to how high-speed internet is delivered across the county.
Far from the only American official fighting for better internet in rural areas, this $20m proposal could build a 360-mile fiber network. The aim is to try and help with speed caps during peak internet usage hours. Presently, the executive himself uses a satellite provider, and finds his own service to be capped at the busiest times. This is an interesting move, though, as many people now value the internet as part of their daily necessities.
Many of us use the internet for work, for education and for communication. It has, in many ways, replaced everything from the phone to the newspaper for many of us. Therefore, poor quality – and overly expensive – internet speeds in some parts of the USA can hobble the opportunities that those Americans have.
People like Poloncarz, then, want to try and change that, state-by-state. However, he faces opposition from Republican legislators, who want the money to come from private sources instead of the public purse. The argument against that, though, is the one above. If things like roads are seen as a vital public source of travel, then surely the internet – in 2019 – is now a vital part of day-to-day life?
A changing of the times
While this might eventually be voted down by the legislators, it’s an interesting move in a new direction. For years, the internet has been seen as a solution for private companies to solve. With the internet growing more and more important in our daily lives, though, people are beginning to slowly but surely change their minds on its importance.
Millions of Americans work online now, many of us working from home. Fast and reliable internet is needed to make sure we can provide the best of our services and skills. This is why high-speed internet should not be seen as just a boon, but a necessity. If the plan was to go through in Erie County, NY, this would provide many more Americans with high quality internet by 2021.
The country is in need of a mass change to its internet service standards. Through companies like EIN, many Americans are able to get hold of high-quality internet speeds in areas they might not otherwise find a suitable service. With officials and legislators pushing heavily to change this, though, we could see a big jump in the way that the web is treated as a resource.
For now, though, it’s interesting to see officials pushing for a more balanced spread of high speed internet options. In time, this could become essential to growth, development and improvement of the US in many different ways.