Joe Supan

Joe Supan

Senior Writer, Broadband Content

Joe oversees all things broadband for Allconnect. His work has been referenced by Yahoo!, Lifehacker and more. He has utilized thousands of data points to build a library of metrics to help users navigate these complex spaces. Resources like these help our readers make more informed purchasing decisions and stay up-to-date on the latest developments. Joe graduated from Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in English. After graduating, he spent four years editing greeting cards for American Greetings in Cleveland. Joe joined the Reviews.com team in Seattle in 2017, where he wrote long-form, heavily-researched articles on a wide range of topics, from pocket knives to toaster ovens. After a review of TV streaming services, he began covering the streaming space full-time in January 2018 for Reviews.com. In June 2019, Joe moved to Allconnect to cover broadband and the digital divide senior reporter. He’s written extensively on the topic, from in-depth breakdowns of the top providers to data-driven resources on the digital divide.

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Allconnect regional broadband report: West edition
Allconnect regional broadband report: West edition
Joe Supan

Our team analyzed over 152,000 internet connections to determine which areas in the West have the best connectivity and which ones have been left behind.

Upload vs. download speed: What’s the difference?
Upload vs. download speed: What’s the difference?
Joe Supan

Not sure what the difference is between upload and download speeds? We break it down for you and help you figure out what speed may be right for your home.

Everything you need to know about cellphone hotspots
Everything you need to know about cellphone hotspots
Joe Supan

Learn how to connect other devices to your phone’s data — most cellphone plans include this at no extra charge.

How to switch internet providers
How to switch internet providers
Joe Supan

Switching internet service might seem like a hassle, but you can usually lower your monthly bill significantly in the process.

Want the fastest internet in the world? Move to Singapore
Want the fastest internet in the world? Move to Singapore
Joe Supan

Singapore’s nationwide fiber network provides its citizens with the fastest home internet speeds in the world at 239 Mbps on average.

Allconnect regional broadband report: Northeast edition
Allconnect regional broadband report: Northeast edition
Joe Supan

Our team analyzed over 26K broadband connections in the Northeast region to determine which areas have the best connectivity.

Want to boost voter turnout? Increase broadband access, says new study
Want to boost voter turnout? Increase broadband access, says new study
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Researchers from Harvard and the University of Virginia studied the effect of internet access on the 2016 and 2018 elections, and found a correlation between broadband and turnout.

The 5 best free calling and texting apps for Android and iOS
The 5 best free calling and texting apps for Android and iOS
Joe Supan

Want to make calls and send texts for free when you’re on Wi-Fi? These phone apps let you do it all without the monthly phone bill.

HBO Max launches with a bang, but not on Amazon or Roku
HBO Max launches with a bang, but not on Amazon or Roku
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The streaming service has HBO’s entire catalog, classic TV shows like Friends and hundreds of popular movies, including the DC Universe and Studio Ghibli.

Which cellphone companies have the best streaming deals?
Which cellphone companies have the best streaming deals?
Joe Supan

Every major wireless carrier now includes streaming subscriptions with their service, but not all of them are worth the cost of admission.

Which phones have the best battery life?
Which phones have the best battery life?
Joe Supan

The phones with the best battery life can last two full days on a single charge — more than twice as long as devices like the Google Pixel 4.

How iPhone prices went from $650 to $1,000 in five years
How iPhone prices went from $650 to $1,000 in five years
Joe Supan

iPhone prices have nearly doubled in the past decade due to changing phone contracts, more expensive parts and longer phone lives.

How much data does Google Maps use?
How much data does Google Maps use?
Joe Supan

Google Maps uses a fraction of the data that apps like Netflix and Spotify do, but there are still some steps you can take to decrease it even further.

How to stream NFL games for free during the 2021 season
How to stream NFL games for free during the 2021 season
Joe Supan

By using a free trial of a live TV streaming service, a TV antenna or the Locast app, you can watch every game in your area without paying a dime.

All you need to know about streaming TV — A beginner’s guide
All you need to know about streaming TV — A beginner’s guide
Joe Supan

To set up your TV for streaming, you’ll need a reliable internet connection, a device to stream on and, most importantly, something good to watch.

Stream at your own risk — Is it illegal to use 123Movies?
Stream at your own risk — Is it illegal to use 123Movies?
Joe Supan

Many free streaming sites host unauthorized streams of movies and shows. They’re not technically illegal to use, but they often harbor malware.

The future is (almost) now? How 5G might change gaming
The future is (almost) now? How 5G might change gaming
Joe Supan

With 5G’s faster speeds, reduced latency and greater capacity, the new technology will send shockwaves through VR, cloud gaming and even home internet.

What’s the right Mediacom-compatible modem for you?
What’s the right Mediacom-compatible modem for you?
Joe Supan

Buying your own modem could save you hundreds of dollars every year. Learn more about which models are compatible with Mediacom.

Allconnect reports the latest on U.S. internet connectivity
Allconnect reports the latest on U.S. internet connectivity
Joe Supan

We scored over 29K locations on factors like price, performance, availability and choice to find the areas with the best and worst internet connectivity.

Cord cutting 101: The ultimate guide to moving on from cable
Cord cutting 101: The ultimate guide to moving on from cable
Joe Supan

Canceling your cable subscription doesn’t just save you money. It can mean more to watch, better user experience and greater flexibility.