Yet another way that New Jersey is better than Idaho, and it is a way that impacts this blog substantially. Internet speeds! Jim’s got ’em, and I don’t. I always knew that his residential speed was better than mine, because where I live there is one provider and the service is kind of meh. I think Jim runs his toaster off the internet, not to mention every other electronic item in his house.
Now I know why. Seem’s Idaho has the slowest internet speeds in the nation! When I think about it, I’m really not too surprised. At work where I have the “good” internet connection, there are times of the day when thing get really bogged down. Simply doing refreshes of screens I’m looking at on the internet can take 20-30 seconds. I never really thought about it too much, until I went back to Wisconsin this last time, and there were times when my folk’s wifi network was running 5 computers at once, and never skipped a beat! In my house I can’t get the internet in all parts, and the signal is very weak in other places. I know my wifi technology is good, it is just the strength of the signal coming into the house that is the problem. I’ve been waiting for Verizon or Clear to get out to my neck of the woods, and it is much closer than it was just a year ago, so I’m thinking that eventually it will get there, but for now we muddle along.
There was actually a very interesting article about this in today’s New Your Times. You can read the article here. I guess they are just poking a little fun at the Gem State. Its ok, we’re used to it, and we have other things like Brewforia, and Blue Turf, and Grizzly Bears.
How does your state measure up? I guess I better end this post, or it will take 24 hours to download. 😉