Author Kevin McCaney wrote a recent post that compared broadband technologies and speeds. Since San Leandro has so many areas within the City limits that are un- or under-served–all they can get is a T1 line, or just can’t get any Internet service, it’s worth pointing out how the few available speeds compare. Using examples from McCaney’s article, here’s how long it takes to download a 6.14 GB movie:
T1: 9 hours 6 minutes
DSL: between 4 hours 33 minutes and 9 hours 6 minutes
Cable: between 33 minutes and 9 hours 6 minutes
Fiber: between 8 minutes and 2 hours 16 minutes
There are a lot of reasons why the downloads speeds will vary, including time of day, how many other people are using the same network line as you, how fast your computer is, and more. All factors being equal, it’s in the best interest of our businesses to be as efficient in using online resources as possible. That’s why we’re trying to reduce a day (over 9 hours via T1) to a few minutes (over the fiber loop)–for both UPLOADS and downloads.
We’re not alone in our efforts to speed things up in town. Earlier this year, the Federal Communications Commissioner (FCC) Julius Genachowski issued a Gigabit City Challenge to bring at least one ultra-fast Internet community to every state by 2015. In his challenge, he said,
Speeds of one gigabit per second are approximately 100 times faster than the average fixed high-speed
Internet connection. At gigabit speeds, connections can handle multiple streams of large-format, high-
definition content like online video calls, movies, and immersive educational experiences. Networks
cease to be hurdles to applications, so it no longer matters whether medical data, high-definition video, or
online services are in the same building or miles away across the state.
Gigabit communities spur innovators to create new businesses and industries, spark connectivity among
citizens and services, and incentivize investment in high-tech industries. Today, approximately 42
communities in 14 states are served by ultra-high-speed fiber Internet providers….
San Leandro is one of these gigabit communities. We’re seeking to spur economic development in our City and in the East Bay generally. If you’d like more information on how your business can get connected, we’d love to talk with you.