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Life in the fast lane: What gigabit Internet makes better

Glenn Fleishman | Nov. 27, 2015
An upgrade from a trickle to a flood has made your reporter feel like he's living partly in the future: The Internet can still be really slow, even with a fiber link.

Particularly for streaming video and Skype, I find that old frustrations are gone. While I’m capable of 4K video streaming in the future, I only have a 1080p HDTV, but I always get the highest-speed auto-negotiated rate. Skype is the most finicky of services at time, but with the new connection, I no longer have hiccups or troubles.

The truth of gigabit broadband is not that it feels profoundly different or even faster. I haven’t changed many habits at all. Rather, it’s that I no longer have to consider Internet throughput as a factor in what I do. Instead of thinking about the net as something other, my local network has just been extended to be the whole world.

 

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