Broadband connectivity in rural communities is essential to long-term prosperity in Lane County. Recently, Lane County teamed with Technology Association of Oregon's Hack for a Cause event to develop a new solution -- SpeedUpAmerica.com -- that can provide accurate information about the availability of Internet Service Providers and real speeds received.
"This issue isn't unique to Lane County, there are rural communities all across the country facing similar challenges to reliable, fast broadband access," said Lane County Commissioner Heather Buch. "We want to be a local solution to a national problem -- we have created a tool that can give us the on-the-ground truth about what broadband access is like for rural Americans."
As SpeedUpAmerica rolls out nationwide, it relies on Internet users to participate in the website's quick and easy speed check. The more people who participate, the better the collected data can help paint an accurate picture of broadband access.
Participating is simple: visit SpeedUpAmerica.com and click the "Take the Test" button. The test does not collect personally identifiable data, but asks the user's general location so that test data can be compared across ZIP codes, census tracts and more.
Benefits of checking speeds and sharing the data include:
An accurate, independent map of internet speeds actually received by consumers
Enables everyone in America to compare their internet experience with others
Identifies specific geographic areas that are underserved and in need of additional infrastructure investments
Validates that investments made in internet infrastructure actually made the intended improvement.
"We're proud to support Lane County and the City of Eugene as part of our Smart Gigabit Communities program in their efforts to map broadband access and provide transparent and accurate data on network speeds," said Scott Turnbull, director of technology for nonprofit USIgnite. "Communities have proven over-and-over again how broadband boosts economic growth and improves quality of life. However, without accurate maps, we can't identify where speeds are lacking and where we could be making a difference for communities seeking to attract new businesses, support citizen services, and enable advanced applications like telehealth and remote education."
"Accurate data leads to a better-informed community and better-informed policy decisions," said Anne Fifield, economic strategies manager at the City of Eugene. "The City of Eugene sees this tool as a way for our region to clearly see how our existing telecom infrastructure serves our residents and businesses."
Additional partners in this initiative include the Technology Association of Oregon, M-Lab, and Amazon AWS that are helping cover the website's hosting costs, as the tool expands coverage across America. Comparative data is already available on SpeedUpAmerica.com for Oregon. The state of Washington will be added next, with other states soon to follow.
Deploying DOCSIS 3.1 across its entire footprint gave Rogers Communications the ability to offer speeds of up to 1 Gbit/s,
contributing to a broadband segement that generated about 60% of the Canadian operator's $3.05 billion (US) in Q4 cable earnings.
On Jan. 23, Broadband World News hosts a Calix-sponsored webinar that explores several ways CSPs can enhance customer experience and find new business opportunities to avoid devolving into a speed race where nobody wins, not even the customer.
It wasn't long ago that TV was ranked by subscribers as the most important service in the bundle provided by their communications service provider (CSP). Recent research indicates that for nearly three quarters of subscribers, broadband is now the most important service. Broadcast TV is the most important service to only 15% of North American consumers, replaced by OTT video streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney+. In addition, many different competitors are moving aggressively to stake a claim in consumers' homes.
In 2020, CSPs need to fight back by transforming their business models, which are becoming more reliant on a single source of revenue: fixed broadband services.
This webinar will focus on helping CSPs transform their business models by placing a firm focus on delivering a sensational subscriber experience and by offering compelling new services that generate value for subscribers. These actions will reinforce the CSP's strategic position in the home network and position themselves for growth in the next decade.
Key topics include:
Being the first to market with WiFi 6 technology, in response to consumer purchases of new devices over the holidays;
Having the insights needed to proactively resolve issues, often before your subscribers even know that there are issues;
Providing help desk agents with the visibility they need to resolve common subscriber issues more quickly;
Delivering a mobile app, in response to consumer demands for the ability to do some things themselves, rather than having to call technical support; and
Addressing consumer concerns around device security, privacy and control with enhanced security and parental controls.
In this insightful Light Reading radio show, Kurt Raaflaub, Head of Strategic Solutions Marketing, will outline the key service provider challenges, deployment considerations, next-gen Gigabit technologies, and service models to win market share in the rapidly growing MDU market.