Creative Tech Geek Travel Tip - Offline Google Maps

You're pretty much good to go to download fairly detailed local info on just about every square [enter local surface area measurement of choice here] of the globe, thanks to Google and their Maps App. 

 Why thank you Google Recommendations. 

Why thank you Google Recommendations. 

I did so the other day in preparation for Myanmar where we will most likely have the opportunity to purchase and utilize amazing Pre-pay Sim Cards to use in our phones while there. 

Apparently many countries around the world over the last decade or so figured it is much more efficient to build out wireless networks rather than cable broadband. Sure, reception and latency are a bit higher but no matter where you go 4G is still lightning fast compared to Dial-Up, DSL, or well, no connection at all. 

 On a related note I discovered an update to where the Google Fiber project is at in the US. They are pulling out of Boston because they did not gain enough traction there. What I also found out is that they did not do this on their own. There were no primary-alphabet-colored ads for Google Fiber that I half-expected to see offered in various we'll call then non-tech-centric cities around the country. Instead, in total Google fashion they purchased an ISP called Webpass who already had a foothold on Gigabit Fiber connections in several of the same markets Google was interested in.  Also like some developing areas of the world it is really expensive and time consuming to rip up the earth and lay fiber cable. This is especially true of cities say, like Seattle, home to some of the most beguiling topography known to man kind. Last year they did take the plunge into many pocket neighborhoods of Downtown Seattle. If you live in said areas and are sick of Xfinity (Comcast's) stranglehold on your internet access type in your address using the link below for a chance to pay either $60/mo or pre-pay $550 a year for Gigabit Ethernet speeds.

 https://webpass.net/signup

Let's put that into perspective for the non-tech geeks out there. I am paying $40/mo with Frontier FiOS for 30Mb/s upload and download speeds. Comcast and Frontier both offer speeds up to and well over 250Mb/s up and down. However for those elite speeds expect to shell out at least $1 per MB or more. So, simple no-brainer math. You are paying $60/mo for up to 1000Mb/s. That is insane craziness.  

What's that I hear?!? You want more real-world perspective , I got your back...Netflix streaming account. Their standard account which gives you a nearly outdated FullHD 1080p stream to your TV only requires a 5Mb connection. For the lucky early adopters of their 4K service you are required to have at least 25Mb speeds. Granted 1000Mb/s is ridiculously overkill yes, but to say you are ready for pretty much anything the digitally-real future can muster is the understatement of the 21st century. 

Ask yourself is it time to look for more affordable and alternate internet service provider options? Do you have a choice? Some very lucky people in Seattle and several other cities do. Think, Research, and decide.