Despite the surge in bandwidth demand, a new report by WhistleOut found that average U.S. internet speeds saw significant increases after the pandemic started (mid-March to early July 2020) compared to prior to the outbreak (mid-January to mid-March 2020) — from 84.9 Mbps to 94.6 Mbps.
The Wireless on Wheels program in Louisa County, Virginia brings internet connectivity to underserved students and families via a small fleet of solar-powered hotspots on trailers stationed at public schools, parking lots, and other strategic locations throughout the county.
In a recent Daily Charge podcast, CNET’s Roger Cheng and IIA’s Bruce Mehlman explore the the digital divide and some of the political, regulatory, and technical hurdles faced when trying to close the gap.
According to the August 5G Devices Member Report from the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA), as of the end of July 2020, 364 new 5G devices had been announced, up from 200 in January. The 5G phone market saw particularly strong growth, with the number of announced 5G phones more than doubling since the end of 2019 and increasing 86% over the past four months.
To cope with the shifting COVID-19 work environment, businesses are investing heavily in the cloud. In the second quarter of 2020, companies spent almost $35 billion on cloud services worldwide, up about 30% from the same time last year.
Former Fiat Engineer Mario Palazzetti designed a gadget dubbed the “Biostopper” that reduces the circulation of droplets when a person speaks, which has the potential to hinder the spread of COVID-19.