You need the internet. You don’t need just any internet connection though; you also need it to be fast. What is fast internet, though? It’s got to be more than just whether it feels like your webpage is loading quickly or slowly. Is there an actual definition or way to calculate it? Yes! There is!

Internet speed is determined by how much data the connection can download or upload per second. Internet speed is measured in megabits per second, which is typically shortened to Mbps. The higher the Mbps, the faster the internet. The lower the Mbps number, the slower your internet speeds. When using Mbps, there is an actual number that tells you whether the internet is fast or slow. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) set the standard for broadband internet at 25 Mbps for download speeds and 3 Mbps for upload speeds. To be considered “high speed” your download speed should be higher than this 25 Mbps standard. 25 Mbps is the base line, and it goes up from there. In fact, high-speed internet can range anywhere from 100 to 1,000 Mbps. 

When you buy a car, you probably base your decision on the price and not how fast the vehicle is able to go. After all, you probably don’t need your sedan to get up to 150 MPH even if it’s capable of doing so. The internet is exactly the opposite. You do want and need to max the speed out! Unlike buying a new car, internet speed is one of the main decision drivers when shopping for a new internet plan. The price sticker on a car makes it easy to look and say “that fits my budget” or “that’s too expensive,” but internet speeds can be a bit trickier to gauge. You know you can afford a $200 monthly car payment, but what internet speed will suffice for your specific needs?

Speeds much faster than a standard broadband connection of 25 Mbps are generally considered “fast” internet. It should come as no surprise that the daily reality of using the internet is a bit trickier than that, though. For example, sending an email takes 1 Mbps. Not a problem, right? Also consider that at the same time, your teenager is playing a video game that uses 10 Mbps, your other child is watching a YouTube video that takes 5 Mbps, and your spouse is on a video conference call for work that is using up another 10 Mbps. All of a sudden, you’re over your allotted 25 Mbps. This is why you need high-speed internet that delivers more than the baseline amount of upload and download speeds.

Fast internet speeds, those in the 100+ Mbps range, are often better for families or those who use more than one device at a time. Your solution is internet access through Blazing Hog! No matter where you need high-speed internet access, we can make it a budget-friendly reality for you.

Published On: June 21st, 2021 / Categories: Rural Internet Provider / Tags: /