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Technology is evolving quickly, but only 55 percent of people in rural areas have access to the speeds that, according to the FCC, currently qualify as broadband. In comparison, 94 percent of the urban population does. Why is there such a gap with technology's constant improvements? 

Broadband adoption can boost the economy in rural areas in ways such as increasing income, decreasing unemployment rates, and creating jobs.

You may have heard about Netflix’s new speed test at – unlike other speed tests, it’s meant to specifically test your connection to Netflix’s servers.

This is good information to have if you’re trying to troubleshoot a poor Netflix connection. But if you’re trying to determine why your upload speeds are poor, or your VoiP calls are spotty, this test – and many others online – might not be of much help.

When trying to determine how fast your device can connect over Wi-Fi, there are a couple of things to consider. First, your router needs to be capable of delivering certain speeds, and your connected device needs to be able to receive them.  

Wondering how to read all those device specifications? We've broken down some of the bigger hurdles below. And don't panic! If it's overwhelming, feel free to give us a call - we're more than happy to walk you through it.