New Internet Trends Report

As an Internet service provider, we’re passionate about the Internet and work hard to keep up with what’s new and stay informed about trends that are affecting the direction of the Internet. And we like to keep our Internet access customers informed, as well. So yesterday was a big day.

internet-trends-report-2013On day two of the AllThingsD D11 conference, Mary Meeker, partner at the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, presented her latest annual report on Internet trends.

You can find the full Internet trends presentation (117 slides) on the KPCB website or watch the full video of the D11 presentation (about 24 minutes). But we’ll save you some time by giving you the highlights.

  • The Internet is still growing – fast. EarthLink has been in the Internet access business almost 20 years, so to us it often seems such a mature, established industry. But it is still growing 8%, driven by emerging markets such as China, India, Indonesia, Iran and the Philippines (see slide 4).
  • The U.S. still dominates the Internet. Of the top 10 global Internet properties (Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, etc.), eight were “Made in the USA.” Interestingly, while 80% of the sites are U.S.-owned, traffic to them is 81% international users. On the mobile side, 88% of smartphone operating systems (iOS, Android, Windows Phone) are U.S.-made (see slides 6 & 7).
  • Sharing is skyrocketing. The amount of content created and shared has grown by 9x in five years and shows no sign of slowing down (see slides 11- 23).
  • Facebook still rules…but for how long? The top social media sites were Facebook (#1 by a significant amount), YouTube, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn (see slide 27). Facebook’s users, however, were reported to have declined from 2011 to 2012.
  • U.S. smartphone users are pretty darn happy. Users report feeling “connected,” “excited,” “curious/interested,” and “productive” about social and communication activities on their smartphones (see slide 31).
  • Mobile Internet traffic is growing and growing and… In some countries (notably China), mobile Internet access has surpassed desktop/PC access. Mobile is growing for both commerce and social sharing sites (see slides 32 – 37).
  • Tablets have grown even faster than smartphones. Global shipments of tablets actually surpassed desktop PCs and notebook/laptop computers in Q4 of 2012 (see slides 44 – 50).
  • Wearable tech devices with sensors are next in line. Expect hands-free, wearable devices such as wristwatches, bracelets, glasses and more (see slides 52 – 55).
  • China: the case study. Sure, they’re growing because they’re the biggest country. But they are also innovating in some interesting ways (see slides 67 – 73).
  • Immigration fuels U.S. tech … but not enough. Sixty percent of the top 25 tech companies in the U.S. were founded by 1st or 2nd generation Americans. But immigration policy means there’s a shortage of high-skilled technology workers needed to grow the industry (see slides 84 – 90).

Let us know what Internet trend you are most excited about, or if you see other trends.

Can You Get High Speed Internet without a Phone Line?

Wondering if it’s possible to get a high-speed Internet connection for your home if you don’t have a home phone line.

We know this is an important consideration for the growing number people who rely exclusively on their cell phones and are dropping home phone service.

Well, at EarthLink, the answer turns out to be yes, yes and yes!

That’s because we offer three different kinds of broadband Internet services that don’t require that you also pay for a phone line.

People who choose a high-speed Internet service that doesn’t require an active phone line can cancel can cancel their home phone and save an average of almost $240 a year.

High Speed Cable without a Phone Line
The high-speed service that’s probably most obviously independent of a phone line is cable Internet access.

With EarthLink Cable Internet, your high-speed Internet service is delivered over the same coaxial cables that cable TV uses.

To get EarthLink Cable Internet, you don’t actually have to have cable TV, you just need to be in a serviceable area. You can check pricing and availability on the cable Internet page our website.

When you check service availability, you’ll also see which speeds are available in your area. Our most popular cable Internet plans provide speeds that range from 3Mbps to 15Mbps (that’s from 55x to 250x the speed of dial-up).

EarthLink has been a leading cable Internet service provider since 1997.

High Speed DSL without a Phone Line
Regular DSL Internet service is a “shared line” service, meaning the Internet service is delivered over the same copper phone line that your phone calls use, and it requires an active phone line. Our Freestanding DSL (it’s also called Dry Loop DSL) works in a different way and doesn’t require an active phone line.

Though behind the scenes Freestanding DSL works differently, it delivers the same broadband speed as regular DSL, up to 7Mbps (100x faster than dial-up), plus the same additional benefits.

Availability of Freestanding DSL is more limited than our regular DSL: it is only available in areas covered by Verizon.

From the  Freestanding DSL page on our website, enter your phone number (if you have one), street address and zip code to confirm if it is available where you live.

EarthLink has been a leading high-speed DSL Internet service provider since 1999.

High Speed Satellite Internet without a Phone Line
Satellite is the third type of high-speed Internet access we offer that doesn’t require a phone line.

EarthLink Satellite Internet, which we offer in partnership with HughesNet, still isn’t yet as popular as our other high-speed Internet services, but it’s becoming a much more attractive option.

Previously, satellite was the best choice only for homes in rural areas that weren’t served by any Cable or DSL Internet services, because speeds were slower and costs were a bit higher. That’s no longer true.

Now with HughesNet’s Gen4, you can get 2-way satellite Internet service with speeds from 10Mbps to 15Mbps (175x to 25x faster than dial-up). And HughesNet is the nation’s #1 choice for satellite Internet.

To see if satellite Internet might be right for you, go to the satellite Internet page on our website and click either Learn More or Get Started.

Let us know your experience without a home phone … or why you want to hold on to yours.

Vote for the 2013 Netizen of the Year

vote for netizen of the yearAs an ISP with almost 20 years of experience providing Internet access, EarthLink has long been a supporter of an open Internet, one that offers everyone the freedom to express themselves.

So we’re happy to tell our readers about an Internet award that’s given out to promote public awareness of the need to defend free expression online.

It’s called the Netizen of the Year Award and it’s sponsored by Reporters Without Borders and Google.

And for the first time this year… you get to help choose the winner.

Reporters Without Borders has chosen these nine nominees for the 2013 Netizen Prize:

  • Itsmania Pineda Platero (Honduras)
  • Cheikh Fall (Senegal)
  • Oumarou Mohamed Lamine (Mali)
  • Suren Gazaryan (Russia)
  • Murat Tungishbayev (Kazakhstan)
  • Assen Yordanov (Bulgaria)
  • Huynh Ngoc Chenh (Vietnam)
  • Mosireen (Egypt)
  • Shiva Nazar Ahari (Iran)

Don’t worry if you’re not familiar with the nominees right now.

You have until until March 5 to visit the Reporters Without Borders YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/netizen2013 and watch brief videos that tell the stories of these brave individuals. Then vote for the one you think best represents the fight for online freedom of information.

The winner will be announced on March 7.