Robin Layton

Robin Layton

Editor, Broadband Content

Robin Layton is an editor for the broadband marketplace Allconnect. She built her internet industry expertise writing and editing for four years on the site, as well as on Allconnect’s sister site MYMOVE.com. Her expertise is in home internet plans, as well as broadband and digital divide news. Robin brought 30 years of experience in journalism and marketing to her Allconnect role to ensure consumers get a fair and balanced reporting of the state of broadband services to help them understand the process of purchasing the right internet plan. Her credentials include a bachelor’s degree in English and Journalism from Shepherd University.

What I've written

A guide to internet accessibility for Americans with disabilities
A guide to internet accessibility for Americans with disabilities
Robin Layton

The devices we use for internet access like smartphones, laptops and tablets are equipped with accessibility features to make use easier for those with hearing, speech, vision or cognitive losses.

Tips to secure and protect your smartphone
Tips to secure and protect your smartphone
Robin Layton

From locking your screen to enabling two-factor authentication, every precaution you take can keep your personal information safer from hackers.

AT&T expands 5G home internet service
AT&T expands 5G home internet service
Robin Layton

‘Internet Air’ debuts in 16 areas across the US.

Guide to U.S. internet for international students
Guide to U.S. internet for international students
Robin Layton

Traveling to a new country for a short vacation can be stressful enough, but as someone studying long-term in an unfamiliar country, you can face extra challenges, especially when trying to connect to the internet. Nearly a million international students studied in the U.S. during the 2021/22 school year. With internet-based classes and exercises, it’s […]

Everything you need to know about internet speeds
Everything you need to know about internet speeds
Robin Layton

Our guide to internet speed explains how to check your connection, what speeds you need for your tasks and how to improve Wi-Fi speeds.

Cellphone costs: Average price of a U.S. mobile plan is $144
Cellphone costs: Average price of a U.S. mobile plan is $144
Robin Layton

To get the best cellphone plan, compare the taxes and fees, data caps and available discounts. You may also save money by bundling with your internet plan.

Even with billions of dollars, connecting every American to the internet isn’t an easy or quick feat
Even with billions of dollars, connecting every American to the internet isn’t an easy or quick feat
Robin Layton

“Like electricity a century ago, broadband is a foundation for economic growth, job creation, global competitiveness and a better way of life.” This was the introduction of the federal government’s 2010 National Broadband Plan. Thirteen years and billions of investment dollars later, that statement still rings true.  The 2010 plan’s major goal was very similar […]

Internet providers have more satisfied customers than last year. We tell you which ones and why.
Internet providers have more satisfied customers than last year. We tell you which ones and why.
Robin Layton

Customer satisfaction is a big deal for any business. Still, when it comes to internet slowdowns or our service crashing altogether, we can get crabby and demand an instant fix from helpful people or a high-performing app or website to help us fix it ourselves. These areas are where the ACSI Telecommunications Study 2022-2023* shows […]

The best 4 VPNs for travel
The best 4 VPNs for travel
Robin Layton

Check out our guide for getting the best VPN for price and safety while you explore the world.

Broadband map shows over 8M in US lack access to high-speed internet
Broadband map shows over 8M in US lack access to high-speed internet
Robin Layton

Over eight million homes and businesses in the U.S. still do not have access to high-speed internet service, according to the latest version of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) broadband availability map, released this week. The FCC defines high-speed broadband as actual download speeds of at least 25 Mbps and actual upload speeds of at […]

Make sure internet is available in your new home
Make sure internet is available in your new home
Robin Layton

Performing due diligence to confirm internet availability is a top priority when moving into a new rental property or purchasing a home.

Should you be concerned about going over 1 TB of data?
Should you be concerned about going over 1 TB of data?
Robin Layton

A data cap of 1 TB will likely take a long time to reach, but it still is possible to reach that much data in a month.

Comcast expanding internet services in 2023
Comcast expanding internet services in 2023
Robin Layton

More unserved and underserved areas will have Xfinity as an internet option.

Your ultimate guide to online parental controls in 2023
Your ultimate guide to online parental controls in 2023
Robin Layton

Say goodbye to worrying about your child’s web activity. We’re breaking down all the parental controls on your devices and how they can help.

Mobile vs. desktop usage: What percentage of internet traffic is mobile in 2023?
Mobile vs. desktop usage: What percentage of internet traffic is mobile in 2023?
Robin Layton

Key findings In 2022, adults in the U.S. spent over 5 hours daily on their phones. Mobile phones generated over 60% of website traffic in 2022, with desktops and tablets only generating about 39%. 25% of all digital media consumption is social media mainly accessed on mobile. Mobile users’ web searches increased by 5% since […]