Holland Board of Public Works (HBPW) is testing new high-speed internet fiber technology as a part of a pilot program to help plan the future of HBPW’s fiber services.

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Wi-fi is capable of gigabit speeds, but there are many factors that will determine your actual speed, including:

Distance from the access point
Equipment capabilities
Noise (other networks)
Number of people on the network

Here’s how each factor can affect your speed. 

The closer you are to the Wi-Fi access point, the stronger the connection.

Not all devices can handle gigabit speed. The newer the device, the more likely it is you’ll have a quicker connection.

Noise (Other Networks)
There are many Wi-Fi networks downtown and there’s only so many channels for Wi-Fi to use. It is best to keep nearby networks off the same channels, but as new networks come and go, this is a constant challenge.

Number of People
As more people try to use the network, the speed allocated to each individual is less. All the pilot sites are sharing a single gigabit connection (1,000 Mbps). A benefit of fiber, however, is that since downloads are quicker, you get out of the way of the next person quicker. So your speed might not always be the maximum possible.