If the breaking theThe supply chain and the resulting empty shelves for the past year and a half haven't taught Americans anything, it should be this: don't take certain things that are perceived to be basics for granted. This also applies to internet access.
The digital security company Surfshark has just released its third Digital Quality of Life Index —and although the United States has pulled out of 22nd place last year , it still has work on equity and availability of the 'Internet access.
Americans have to work an hour and 28 minutes a month just to afford the cheapest broadband available. This is 36 minutes more than in 2020 and potentially devastating for those who now have to work from homebecause of the pandemic. Mobile internet prices have improved, however: last year it took people 6 minutes of work per month to afford 1 GB, but this year it took 3 minutes.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic (and the number of people working from home has skyrocketed), the speed of broadband in the United States has increased by 44%. It is now at 166.378 Mbps. Another improvement brought about by the pandemic was the e-government: Nationwide absent ballots and Statewide immunization programs probably helped move up from third to first place in this category.
Other good news: the Internet infrastructure in the United States is excellent. It ranks fifthnd in the world, which makes it around 40% better than the world average.
To determine In this ranking, the study took into account:
- Internet affordability: average number of hours worked to cover broadband Internet cheapest
- Internet quality: mobile speed and stability and broadband
- Electronic infrastructure: number of people using the Internet
- Electronic security: cybersecurity and laws on data protection
- E-government: e-government services available and AI readiness
Surfshark's report is large and covers 110 countries, or 90% of the world's population, and contains detailed data worth exploring. What's up now to get our best stories to your inbox every morning. ", " created_at ": null, " updated_at ": null}) " x- show = "showEmailSignUp () " class = "arrondi bg-gray-lightest text- md: px-32 md: py-8 p-4 font -brand mt-8 container-xs ">
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