Dial-Up to 5G: How The Internet Has Evolved

by | Jun 5, 2019

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When was the first time you ever hopped onto the internet?

Was it Dial-Up?

How about 5G? Well, get ready for it, because it's coming!

I remember the day we got our first computer when I was 14. It took about 50 or so 3.5″ floppy disks to install Windows 95 and other programs on this awesome new monster sized computer. I think it took my dad an entire day to get the computer even in “running” order.

We were all so impatient to check out this new electronic

After my dad got all of the programs installed, he worked on getting it connected to the internet for a few hours. There was again, probably 10 floppy disks in order to install the internet software. This part was fun, because in order to do that, we had to install I think 2-3 more programs into the computer, the dialing program, the internet provider's software, and I believe we had to install bridge type of software, also. It is crazy thinking back on how many things we had to do in order to use the computer or hop online to do some research for school.

When we first had the internet it was dial-up and we only had one phone line

I know many of you remember the noise of dial-up and what would happen if someone picked up the phone when we were on the internet. Which quickly frustrated my parents since either my dad or myself was always on the phone and we either didn't calls, or someone couldn't call out. So they eventually started paying for a second line. It would disconnect you and you'd have to wait 5 mins to get re-connected again, while everything you just looked up was gone.

At the time we were amazed and perfectly okay with the time it took to get information to download or upload. I remember being in chat rooms which took forever to get a conversation completed or trying to download music and would have to leave the computer connected to the internet over night just to download a whole album. The speed was about 56kbps which looking back is like snail pace, but back in 1993 – 95, it was fast! On average it took about 2hrs to download a full CD.

I think a few years later, DSL internet came along then eventually cable.

When I was pregnant with my oldest son in 1999 into 2000, dial up was becoming history and DSL and Cable internet connections were picking up speed. I remember a friend of mine had DSL and I had to do some college research so I went over to her house to do some homework. It was so wild how much faster her internet was compared to my parent's house or my apartment, since we were still on dial up.

We've been riding the cable internet wave for awhile now, along with everything being wireless, it's been the fastest internet connection since the early 2000's. They have upgraded the speeds, the wiring, and the technology so much over the years. It's crazy to think how fast everything is today compared to just 25 years ago.

Now we have our cell phones, tablets, laptops, printers, tiny little speakers are all connected to the internet wirelessly and they get information quick, like crazy quick. What used to take 1-2 days to get a cd downloaded, we're able to listen to the music, with or without the need to download. We watch movies instantly, play video games over the internet with friends who live in different states.

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And the internet is getting even quicker!

Verizon recently unveiled their new 5G Home internet. Which brings real-time ultra-fast speeds like you’ve never seen before. There’s 5G. Then there’s Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband. Which will be reliable, resilient and ready for whatever comes next because they’ve been building it that way since day one.

What exactly is 5G Technology?

5G Ultra Wideband runs on a much higher frequency than 4G LTE. That’s one reason why it’ll provide ultra-fast speeds, reduce lag time to 10 milliseconds and have far greater network capacity. So, in a future where billions of devices demand more data, our 5G network will be ready.

Cell sites

They’re building a vast network of small cells, because a denser network is a crucial part of 5G Ultra Wideband deployment.


They’ve already secured a large amount of millimeter wave spectrum, which is what makes 5G ultra-fast, like 940mbps max speed, ultra fast!

Deep fiber

There’s a lot of fiber optic cable behind a strong wireless network. That’s why they’re installing 37.2 million miles of it to strengthen our existing network and create a solid foundation for 5G.

Where is Verizon's 5G Home Internet Available? Where's it coming next?

Right now Verizon's 5G Home internet is available in Houston, Los Angeles, Sacramento & Indianapolis. Recently they released information that there are 20 more cities that will receive 5G Ultrawide Band within the year.

Are you in one of the current cities?
How about one of the cities coming up?
Don't know?
Check to find out now!

Take the Verizon 5G Challenge

Verizon is looking for solutions in the categories of:

      • Industry (helping businesses create new value for customers)
      • Immersive Experiences (next-generation media and entertainment)
      • Moonshots (solving big problems with radical new ideas).

Every submission should demonstrate the company’s commitment to social responsibility and sustainable business practices. The winners will be awarded up to $1 million, access to our 5G Lab, and an opportunity for Verizon to invest in your company in a future fundraising round.

Eligibility and requirements

In order to be eligible for the Built on 5G Challenge, you must be a US company with 200 employees or fewer. To find out if you qualify and the requirements for participating, check out the Official Rules.

Read more on how to Take the Verizon 5G Challenge Today!

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