The COVID-19 pandemic caused organizations to shake up the way they operate in just a matter of days, with many having to switch employees to working remotely with practically no prep time. Reliable, high-speed internet swiftly became more of a necessity than a luxury.
“Internet is no longer a want, it’s a necessity and is more essential now than ever before. Most people’s day to day requires constant connectivity, especially during a difficult time like this,” Spartan Net President Richard Laing said.
Yet, research by M-Lab showed that more than 62% of counties across the U.S. do not have access to the government minimum download speed for broadband internet. Additionally, there was a 10% increase in counties that saw download speeds fall below the government standard, representing 1-in-10 counties in the U.S. between February and April.
National internet company Viasat is working to increase the availability of high-speed internet, even in more rural areas that are currently left behind. The company is recognized for having some of the most powerful satellites in space, delivering fast, reliable internet access, even in the hardest-to-reach places, said Evan Dixon, Viasat vice president and head of residential services.
“We’re currently investing billions of dollars more in our next-generation satellite networks that will deliver faster speeds and increase our global footprint,” he added.
The company is targeting communities outside of current cable network service areas. Spartan Net also is working locally to combat the issue.
“Spartan Net continues to expand as the demand for reliable ultra-high-speed internet grows. We’ve expanded from Lansing to Grand Rapids to Metro Detroit and now circled back around to our Lansing community as the necessity for our service offerings has evolved,” Laing said.