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With a few steps, you can help someone in need access your connection

A photo of a woman wearing a mask and gloves on her phone waiting for a train.
A photo of a woman wearing a mask and gloves on her phone waiting for a train.

Where I live in Toronto, Canada, I enjoy a speedy 1.5 Gbps fiber connection — about 24 times the national average of 62 Mbps. But things look much different in a neighboring community just a few blocks away, where friends pay steep prices for speeds that top out at just 40 Mbps. This felt unfair before the pandemic, but the coronavirus has underscored the problem of unequal internet access.

Take, for example, a recent story in the New York Times examining how parking lots that can catch Wi-Fi signals have become a digital lifeline: “The family takes turns driving down…


You might even have some fun while you’re at it

Even if you’re paying for decent internet, there’s always that one corner of the house where Netflix stutters and buffers. Solving this problem and getting the absolute best speeds throughout your home can’t be done with standard hardware. It requires building a custom network.

I came to this realization last year when I upgraded to a 1.5Gbps fiber connection. Fed up with the dead spots, I went down a rabbit hole in pursuit of the fastest, most reliable network I could build. Consumer-focused hardware such as Google Wifi and Eero don’t provide much control. Home mesh tools like Nest Wifi…

How we browse the internet at 35,000 feet

Surfing the internet at 35,000 feet is now something that we expect on flights. According to the 2018 Global Traveler study, 94% of global travelers feel that inflight internet would enhance their travel experience and 30% of them explicitly look for this feature when booking their flight.

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