Having a high-speed Internet connection has become an integral part of our lives, making both urban and rural Internet service essential for efficiently completing everyday tasks. It’s likely that you already use the Internet for a variety of tasks without even realizing it. In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the everyday tasks that are more convenient and easier to complete with access to a high-speed Internet connection.
1) Feeding Your Family
Planning meals, finding recipes and deciding what restaurants to go to are now made easier with an Internet connection. Here are two examples.
Meal Planning: Remember when you had to look up recipes in cookbooks, write down all of the ingredients on your grocery list, and drive to the grocery store? It used to be so time-consuming to make sure you could find recipes with attainable, healthy ingredients and interpret the instructions on the fly. Now, search engines and apps have millions of free, peer-reviewed recipes for you to choose from! You can also watch cooking videos of others completing each step so you can follow along.
Delivery Services: Many grocery chains now allow customers to purchase groceries online and have them delivered to their homes or prepared for curbside pickup. There are also many popular subscription services, accessed using an Internet connection, that provide recipes, pre-measured ingredients, and cooking steps—all sent straight to your door! Not only do these services save you time, but they can also help you save money by reducing food waste.
2) Tracking Your Finances
Banking websites and apps can be accessed online over a high-speed Internet connection. You can track your finances, deposit funds, balance your checkbook, invest money, and do your taxes.
Online Banking: It’s easier than ever to keep up with all of your expenses online. Many banks have a website or app that allow you to fulfill your banking needs online. All you need is an Internet connection to show you information and analyses on your spending, your account balances, and your outstanding checks. You can easily deposit and view images of cashed checks from anywhere on your phone. Online banking reduces in-person bank visits and the need to keep endless paper records.
Tracking Investments: Although firms still send quarterly account reports through the mail, you have 24/7 access to your account online, giving you more control over the everyday movement of your money.
Filing Taxes: According to eFile.com, 92% of Americans filed their returns electronically in 2018. Compare this number to just 58% in 2008 and you can see the impact of enhanced tax software and high-speed Internet on the tax-filing process. E-filing is often easier, quicker, and cheaper than traditional tax services and can provide helpful advice and instructions for the filing process, making a once-intimidating process accessible to anyone with an Internet connection.
3) Paying for the Essentials
With high-speed Internet, you can easily set up and pay for goods and services you rely on. In most cases, an Internet connection eliminates the need to spend time on hold with the electric or water company since you can interact with customer service online through email or chat features. This convenience is available even if your home is beyond the reach of cable or other grid services, making hassle-free communications available to everyone.
4) Planning Your Day
You have access to real-time updates on weather, traffic, current events, and other information that might affect your day before you leave the house. An Internet connection provides access to this information to help you make more effective and efficient plans, whether you’re starting your day or planning your next trip.
Weather Planning: High-speed Internet allows you to have an up-to-date meteorologist at your fingertips—even when you’re traveling or away from a TV. This allows you to track weather updates throughout the day and make informed decisions on the go.
Navigating Traffic: While most navigation apps provide traditional, up-to-date traffic information, there are also a variety of apps that provide helpful information specific to each traveler’s needs. You can use apps for anything from starting a carpool with people who share your commute to getting updates on transit delays. There are even navigation apps that go beyond your day-to-day commute. Looking for a great biking trail with low elevation? Check out our post on unique navigation apps for your next adventure.
Travel Planning: The process of purchasing airline or train tickets, booking hotels, and deciding where to go on your trip is now simpler than it once was. You can read reviews to help prioritize plans and find ways to save money. Forget the inconvenience and expense of buying travel guides and dealing with agents—with an Internet connection, you can book your next vacation quickly and easily.
These are only a few examples of the many ways Internet access can simplify and expedite everyday tasks. As the Internet becomes more entwined with our daily lives, rural Internet service also becomes more important for providing necessary conveniences to people who live outside areas easily accessed by terrestrial Internet providers. It is more and more important that rural Internet providers be able to get you the high speeds that you need. For a high-speed Internet connection beyond the reach of cable, satellite Internet service is the way to go. Please see our recent post on how to find Internet in rural areas for more information.