Gigabit. Gigabyte. You’ve heard and seen these words before, but do you really know what they mean? Here is a quick crash course on bits and bytes, and what they mean for consumers. This is especially helpful as 10G—the industry’s initiative to bring 10 gigabit speeds to American households and businesses—gets closer to becoming reality.
Over the past decade, America has embarked on a technology transformation powered by constant connectivity. Today, most Americans have access to high-speed internet networks that have changed the way we live, work, learn and play. But ensuring that the U.S. remains a global internet leader means that our networks have to stay ahead of demand. We are transitioning from an era defined by megabits to one in which gigabit connectivity is unleashed. Thanks to technologies already being deployed and some coming soon, that future — one with 10 gigabit speeds — is just around the corner.