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Stuck in the Slow Lane

Interesting new statistics from the Census Bureau concerning individual computer and Internet use in the US came out this week. Depressingly, they confirm that the Land of Enchantment is once again near the bottom. However, another study points out that the whole country, even many areas with the fastest and cheapest Internet access, likewise lags behind most of the developed world. The government has been tracking computer and Internet usage since 1997, but last year was the first time it ever surveyed households and individuals. The basic results were recently published in a report, Computer and Internet Use in the United States: 2013 (PDF format). And they are not too far off from what one might expect: computer and Internet usage (whether desktop, laptop, or smartphone) tends to be “highest among the young, Whites or Asians, the affluent, and the highly educated.” Which means that New Mexico, like other poor states with large minorities across the South, gets the short end of the stick. Whereas nationally 88.4% have computers  and 78.1% high speed access, New Mexico (80.9% computers, 68.1% Internet) is barely above bottom-most Mississippi (80% and 62.3%). But even in states like California and Colorado, the picture is wildly uneven. There are urban areas with high numbers of computers (Boulder, CO topping the list at 96.9% with computers) and access (Colorado Springs with 88.5% barely beaten by Corvallis, OR at 89%). Yet these, and many other Western states, have … Continue reading

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The Solution to DSL Slowdowns

High-speed broadband access is not a luxury anymore, but a necessity. Old-fashioned dial-up is really barely able to cope with email much less modern webpages. They simply have too much going on for dial-up to handle, with all their widgets and scripts, the interactive features, animated graphics and videos. Continue reading

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Albuquerque’s DSL Dead Zones

Believe it or not, right here in Albuquerque, a 21st-century metropolis that some science fiction writers once imagined as the future capital of the Solar System, there are still many neighborhoods and small areas where it is impossible to get highspeed DSL Internet access. Even more surprisingly, not all of these dead zones are on the fringes of the urban sprawl, either. Some are located right in the busy heart of the city. One such residential dead zone, for instance, is right next to Coronado mall. It’s just a mile or so away from our Uptown office, yet as far as getting DSL service, it might as well be in the middle of the desert. Other DSL dead zones are scattered between Singer and Osuna, along the Jefferson Corridor, out toward Alameda and Los Ranchos, around Yale and I-25 up towards the Sunport, and even up by Juan Tabo and Central. Smaller patches also exist here and there seemingly without reason – one popular coffee shop on Menaul, for example, can’t get DSL at all, yet a vacant lot across the street could be provided with 3-5 MB without any problem. The holes in DSL coverage are not uniform by any means, and there are no helpful maps or listings. In fact, the information above was gleaned from remarks of our installers. But it turns out that there is a way to know. The only way to actually find out … Continue reading

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