Published on August 28, 2014
How Much Internet Speed Do You Need? Internet speed, or a lack thereof, can greatly impact the quality of your online experience. Is your current Internet connection still meeting your needs? The right speed for you will depend on how many users are in your household and what they typically do online. Take a look at these general guidelines to help you decide: Download Speed: 1-4 Mbps This is an aordable option or a small household that primarily uses just basic applications such as email and web browsing. Download Speed: 4-6 Mbps The Federal Communications Commission considers 4 Mbps the minimum speed “generally required or using today’s video-rich broadband applications and services while retaining su- fcient capacity or basic web browsing and email.” Download Speed: 6-10 Mbps This connection speed is a good middle ground or many home subscribers, especially those who want to stream TV programs or movies. It also works well or most online gaming. Download Speed: 10-15 Mbps For a household with multiple heavy users o the Internet, this super-ast level may be the best choice. For example, you may want these high speeds i you oten have one person watching TV online, another downloading videos, and kids doing online gaming — all at the same time. To get complete details about the different Internet connections offered by Sandhill Telephone, visit www.shtc.net. Sandhill Telephone Cooperative • 843-658-3434 • www.shtc.net Learn What’s Happening Every Minute of the Day Domo, a computer software corpora- tion, recently released these fascinating statistics about how much data is created by common Web services every minute: Pinterest users pin 3,472 images YouTube users upload 72 hours of new video Email users send 204,000,000 messages Google receives 4,000,000 search queries Facebook users share 2,460,000 pieces of content Whatsapp users share 347,222 photos Twitter users tweet 277,000 Instagram users post 216,000 new photos Amazon makes $83,000 in online sales Pandora users listen to 61,141 hours of music Apple users download 48,000 apps Yelp users post 26,380 reviews Skype users connect for 23,300 hours Vine users share 8,333 videos How much do you contribute to these statistics? Isn’t it fun to think about how Web services like these have changed our daily routines in recent years?