It’s a new year and that means that I’ve recently returned from my annual Holiday trip to visit the in-laws in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. At Dena’s father’s house, which is off the beaten path, broadband (minus satellite) is not an option. Dial-up, and rather over-priced for that matter, is the only option.
Web technology progresses at a brisk pace, enriching the browser experience via AJAX, Flash, and video. Broadband has kept pace with this to mitigate the bandwidth requirements of these new technologies. When I first signed up with Rogers’ broadband Internet service nine years ago, download rates were a tad under 1Mbps. Today, without changing my tier or paying more, I can currently get up to 7Mbps, although it’s more realistically in the neighbourhood of 4-5Mbps.