According to CNET, new statistics from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) show an increased rollout of fiber optic networks across U.S., Europe, and other parts of the developed world. Analyzing these statistics, CNET points out the need to future-proof broadband decisions we are making today by planning for increased demand within the home:
[While] few homes need 1Gbps or even 100Mbps broadband today, new computing uses have steadily absorbed existing capacity — streaming audio, streaming video, online backup, software updates, video chat, multiplayer games, animated GIFs, and more.
Higher-resolution 4K video is the next bandwidth-hogging transition the industry is likely to make, and households might want to watch multiple shows at once over the same connection or record one show on a DVR while watching another. The arrival of smartphones and tablets means people are hooking up more devices to the network, too. And don’t forget about all the Internet-connected cars, door locks, thermostats, solar panels, electric car chargers, smoke detectors, and heart rate monitors.