The Era Of Wireless Internet Has Began So Does Cord Cutting

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Wireless internet is making a grand entrance while the wired internet will soon become obsolete.

Several households in the US are now into cord cutting, in fact, one in five Americans and the level has been doubled over the past two years. They are enticed by the new technology and the descending costs for wireless internet service not to mention the expansion of an unlimited data plan.

A fraction of the population who only relies on mobile devices for internet connection has grown unwaveringly from 8% (2013) to 12% (2016) to 20% of this year. The Pew Research initially stressed the progression in 2015 when it documented that the portion of homes with Internet connections had shrunk to 67% from 70% in the last 5 years. After all, the scope has rebounded a little but settled at 65% in this year’s latest research.

The development indicates the third sweep of cord cutting for the past 10 years. The initial wave began in 2003, where households abandoned their landline phone connections over a wireless internet connection for more means and accessibility. Currently, nearly more half of American homes have access to a wireless phone service.

The second phase, on the other hand, initialized sometime in 2010 where the word “cord cutting” became famous. During that time, the cost of cable television subscriptions became extravagant following the huge recession. In 2010, the household cable or satellite TV subscription reached 88% and has since declined to 79%.

The most recent trend of home Internet cord-cutting might stymie the cable industry’s double-take to the cable TV subscriptions’ cord cutting. However, analysts anticipated that the majority of the consumers who left cable TV will still procure home Internet service from cable companies.

Just recently, wireless carriers are escalating prices and their unlimited plans are getting more complexed and less considerate. If this furor lingers, there is a possibility that the inclinations of those households that want to eliminate the home Internet cord could be foiled.

Due to the advent of technology, the 5G wireless internet service has been introduced by different giant telecom companies with diverse prices and various promises. New technology means lots of new equipment in community spaces. According to the federal government, cities are restricted of what they can do about it and mayors are inclined to resist.

Four US states will initially experience the next creation of a wireless internet connection. Verizon started introducing its 5G residential service in Los Angeles and Sacramento in California. Likewise in Houston and Indianapolis where residents will experience for the first time a high-speed wireless internet broadband service. However, local government officials find themselves helpless at regulating the networks’ procedures including the equipment to use and if it will fit their localities.

On Sept. 26, the Federal Communications Commission constrained the cities’ power to govern 5G infrastructure. Embodied in the new rules, local jurisdictions deal with strict cut-offs to either endorse or decline the setting up of new cellular equipment. The regulations impose limits as well on the amount that cities can levy on wireless providers for the advantage of placing the new equipment in public access.

“The FCC has embarked on an unprecedented federal intrusion into local (and state) government property rights that will have substantial and continuing adverse impacts on cities and their taxpayers. The Conference and its members now look to the federal courts to review and rectify this unlawful taking of local property,” stated US Conference of Mayors CEO Tom Cochran.

5G schemes could somehow disrupt net neutrality regulations. People should be vigilant as giant Internet firms appealed to the court to restore net neutrality regulations. According to the Internet Association’s filed case in August to the  U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, it is bizarre to believe that bluntness in relation to ISP practices alone could safeguard an open internet for millions of subscribers who can’t switch to other providers.

Platforms such as the Decenternet keep net neutrality regulations alive whether a consumer is using a wired or wireless internet connection. It does not engage in blocking, throttling, or paid prioritization. It treats all web traffic equally while providing boundless access to the decentralized and centralized network. In this way, consumers can openly interconnect online while their speech gets enabled and protected at the same time.


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