June 27, 2017
As the tech website Recode notes, June 29 marks the iPhone’s 10th birthday. Because of the birth of this technology, Recode says that today:
Recode argues, “While [the iPhone] wasn’t the first smartphone, it leapfrogged far beyond the competition and launched the mobile revolution. Few industries or societies have been left unchanged.”
It wasn’t just Apple, though, that was behind this revolution. Billions of dollars in private investment in mobile broadband technology also helped bring us to the point we’re at today. In 2015 alone, broadband providers invested $49 billion in wireless infrastructure. Today there are 66 mobile broadband providers in the United States, and the vast majority of those are small businesses that provide jobs in rural communities and substantial revenues to local governments.
According to Broadband Now, because of this massive private investment even some of the most rural states in the United States—think Alabama, Nebraska, and Utah—have 100 percent access to wireless broadband. Other states, like Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho have near universal coverage.
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