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Need Technical Help   The Online You: Internet Life

Started 11/9/20 by kizmet1; 2706 views.

From: WALTER784


$1,661.87 in cats (ROCKETMAN_S) said...

I've suffered with horribly slow internet connectivity since it was first invented. And based on numerous activities the tech giants have taken in the past month, it's also as obviously noticeable as a tarantula on a white pillowcase, that they actually hate those who live in a rural area, and see them as enemy combatants.

The US... due to it's large land mass, is pitifully slow in delivering fiber optics to the entire nation. They have a major 100Gbps fiber optical backbone going east to west in the center of the US, but branching from there has been quite slow... especially in rural areas due to the cost to deliver the optical fiber cabling. I would be willing to say that 60% or more of the optical fiber in the US is based on the east cost with about 25% on the west coast. The remaining 15% is spread out from the center of the US (north to south) to areas slightly north or south of the center.

Japan however, because of it's limited land, has had fiber optical cabling running north and south from end to end for more than 20 years. They laid the north to south optical fiber cable between the rails of their Shinkansen bullet train more than 20 years ago. And even today, that continues to be their major backbone. Initially, that backbone was only used by Internet and Telephone providers, but over the years it has been constantly upgraded and branched out from such that over 90 of Japanese homes have FTTH (Fiber To The Home)... mine included.

For areas which don't have fiber all the way to their homes, the fiber optical cable signal gets converted to a copper wire cabling system... and the distance from your home to the nearest copper cabling system determines the access speed you will have. The further away from the nearest copper distribution station you are, the slower your connection will be. Copper distribution requires having it's signal amplified/boosted in strength after a certain distance. Most Internet Service Providers (ISP's) re-boost the signals between their distribution centers, but the distance from the closest distribution center to your home is what limits your actual speed.

And also, depending upon where you live... if you live in an apartment or mansion complex shared by tens or hundreds of others... those apartments/mansions usually have only one line coming in from the ISP's (i.e. 100Mbps, 1Gbps, 10Gbps.) And what ever speed they have coming in must be divided among all those in those complexes so you're talking about 1/20th to 1/100th of 100Mbps or 1Gbps or 10Gbps which each person can use.

For those who live in individual homes, they also have shared and dedicated lines. Shared means that several people in your neighborhood might share a single line where as dedicated means that you get full use of what ever line you use.

I have 100Mbps of dedicated line which means that I don't have to share that bandwidth with anybody!