Limitations in Delivering Ultra-Fast Broadband via Wired Solutions
Internet coverage in rural areas of the United States has predominantly been provided by telecommunication companies utilizing either Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) or Satellite. Companies utilizing DSL solutions include CenturyLink and AT&T, and companies utilizing satellite solutions include Hughes.net and Viasat Internet. These companies provide coverage over most of the states in United States. DSL is available throughout the country and has relied on copper telephone lines to support the underlying internet infrastructure.
The North American continent is subject to severe weather conditions and natural disasters (e.g., hurricanes, tornadoes, snowstorms, floods, etc.) that can devastate phone lines. Natural Disasters in the United States cost an estimated US$81.9 billion dollars in 2018. When businesses rely mainly on DSL and satellite, there are issues with connectivity when heavy thunderstorms or hurricanes occur. Small and Medium-sized Businesses (SMBs) are likely to be subjected to productivity losses during an internet outage as alternat…
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