I remember 1999 like it was yesterday. Britney Spears released “…Baby One More Time” and “Smooth” by Santana and Rob Thomas was constantly on my favorite FM radio station’s playlist. The year also brought some great movies like American Beauty and The Sixth Sense, and some terrible ones like Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace. The one movie from 1999 that really sticks out to me is The Matrix. Remember how cutting edge it seemed at the time? Remember when you needed a phone line to get on the Internet? In that movie, they needed a phone line to get in and out of “The Matrix” itself!
Around the same time The Matrix came out, I was getting this new thing called a “Cable Modem” installed. It was amazing! It didn’t require a phone line and you could get speeds reaching 3 Mbps down, 50 times faster than dial-up. Less than 5% of households in the world had Broadband connections, and I could now listen to Internet radio stations that didn’t play the same song over and over again! I dominated online auctions and sent full resolution pictures in emails! It was a dream come true. Friends who still had dial up would come to my house to see how fast I could do things. I was the most popular guy in town!
Fast forward eleven years. Bright House Networks was beginning to test Road Runner Lightning with employees, and I chained myself to my desk in order to be first on the list! In terms of full disclosure I unlocked myself for lunch and breaks, but was dedicated to being one of the first people to experience the lightning speeds!
My commitment proved me worthy to be a tester for Road Runner Lightning’s 40 Mbps download and 5 Mbps upload speeds, and I have been a proud customer ever since.
Last September, I had 14 people at my house for my Fantasy Football online draft, with all of us participating via wireless connections. (Did I mention that Home Networking is included with Road Runner Lightning?) I expected us to push the limits of the technology, but Lightning handled the traffic with ease. Oh, and in case you are wondering, Michael Turner’s injury issues ended up being a huge problem for my team.
It’s amazing what 11 years has brought us in speed increases. Upgrading to Road Runner Lightning reminds me of when I went from dialup to High Speed Internet. Once you experience the difference, you will never look back.
Imagine if we were all still on dialup, what would you miss the most from the Internet today?
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