Fewer senior citizens have Internet access than any other age range. This fact is a troublesome, considering the various ways seniors can benefit from going online. With today's technology, the Internet can help seniors keep track of their medical records, rapidly connect with healthcare professionals, and stay socially active by easily reaching out to their friends and loved ones from the comfort of their own home.
So why do so few seniors have Internet access?
"High speed" was first used in the 1990s to describe an internet connection that exceeded dial-up speeds. Since then, technology has advanced rapidly, but the definition of high speed has remained unchanged. Even though your internet service provider (ISP) may advertise high speed internet, is your connection actually high speed by today's standards?
A Definition of High Speed
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which oversees ISPs defines high speed internet as any connection that provides speeds faster than dial-up speeds.