A recent study by the Analysis Group found that cities with gigabit internet connection (1000 mbps) were economically more productive and stable than cities with average Internet speeds (10 mbps).  After examining a total of 55 cities across the U.S., Analysis Group found that all 14 gigabit communities displayed a 1.1% higher GDP (gross domestic product) per capita than the 41 communities without gigabit connectivity.  Results from the study demonstrated that gigabit communities produced an additional $1.4 billion in GDP. The study writes “higher speeds allow users to access high quality data intensive services and will enable the next generation of new technologies.

One question that arises is “do gigabit speeds transcend to college student productivity?”  CampusConnect says yes!  As we saw in our previous post, college students are connected to the Internet over 75% of the time using multiple devices.  The correlation between Internet connectivity speeds and the usage of multiple devices enables college students to perform multiple activities more efficiently , such as downloading and uploading homework, collaborating with their peers, taking online classes and streaming educational video.

Important Statistics:

 

  • 45% of college students take at least 1 or more online class
  • 73% of college students said they can’t study without technology
  • 38% of college students cannot got 10 minutes without checking their email, tablet, laptop or smartphone

 

Sources:

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2013/06/24/report-students-taking-online-courses-jumps-96-percent-over-5-years.aspx

http://mashable.com/2011/05/31/college-tech-device-stats/