Information Systems for Business and Beyond (2019)

, though price and speed can vary in local communities. According to the website Recode, the average home

broadband speed ranges from 12 Mbps and 125 Mbps. 2 Telecommunications companies provide T1 and T3 lines for greater bandwidth and reliability. High speed access, also known as broadband, is important because it impacts how the Internet is used. Communities with high speed Internet have found residences and businesses increase usage of digital resources. Access to high speed Internet is now considered a basic human right by the United Nations, as declared in their 2011 statement: “Broadband technologies are fundamentally transforming the way we live,” the Broadband Commission for Digital Development, set up in 2017 by the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the UN International Telecommunications Union (ITU), said in issuing “The Broadband Challenge” at a leadership summit in Geneva. “It is vital that no one be excluded from the new global knowledge societies we are building. We believe that communication is not just a human need –it is a right.” 3

Wireless Networking

Thanks to wireless technology, access to the Internet is virtually everywhere, especially through a smartphone.


Wi-Fi takes an Internet signal and converts it into radio waves. These radio waves can be picked up within a radius of Information Systems for Business and Beyond (2019) pg. 100

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