Q: What is the difference between jitter and packet loss?

Jitter and packet loss are terms used to define and measure the integrity of data transmission across a packet switched network. Jitter measures the variance in delivery time between data packets. Jitter is measured in milliseconds (ms); 1 second equals 1,000 ms. Inconsistent packet delivery degrades transmission quality. In the case of voice and video transmission, humans begin to perceive jitter with a delay of 10 ms, which manifests as choppy voice or video. Packet loss is failure of a network to deliver all packets transmitted, which degrades overall data quality as well.

Q: How can I determine internet options for remote workers?

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) maintains an interactive Geographic Information System (GIS) map of broadband options available at each street address in the United States. Details include providers, network technology used, and upload/download speeds available. This is a reliable resource for investigating available broadband options. Explore it now by visiting https://broadbandmap.fcc.gov/#/.

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