Web surfing that feels instantaneous, even though it’s not

Researchers say a microwave network connecting the 120 largest U.S. cities could make it possible to share and interact with people over vast distances online in near real-time. Credit: Bruce Maggs

If the coronavirus pandemic drove your life online, you’ve probably been there: Maybe you’re using video chat to get work done or connect with far-flung friends. No matter how much bandwidth you have, the lag between one person speaking and the rest hearing the words means you keep talking over each other.

It’s the annoying delay when you hit play on your streaming service, and your movie or TV …
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