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

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 […]

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.

Spectrum tops the list as the fastest ISP in 2022’s Q3
Spectrum tops the list as the fastest ISP in 2022’s Q3
Robin Layton

As you search for your next internet service provider, have you thought about which is the fastest?  Recently that distinction went to Spectrum, available in 41 states and named the “fastest fixed broadband provider in 11 states during Q3 2022,” according to Speedtest® by Ookla®. Ookla recently shared its Q3 2022 report on fixed broadband […]

Top ISP performance in Q3 2022
Top ISP performance in Q3 2022
Robin Layton

T-Mobile tops ISPs for most added broadband customers.

DISH Wireless launches into 5G, cellular tech world with Project Genesis
DISH Wireless launches into 5G, cellular tech world with Project Genesis
Robin Layton

Most of us know DISH Network for its satellite TV service, but DISH has joined the 5G and cellular tech field with Project Genesis. DISH’s Smart 5G™ network commercially known as Project Genesis, debuted in early 2022, with DISH Wireless service in Las Vegas. Eventually, the project will shift from beta into the launch of […]

Allconnect study: Internet speeds have increased by 18% since 2021 in the US
Allconnect study: Internet speeds have increased by 18% since 2021 in the US
Robin Layton

Why is this important? A recent Allconnect.com study of speed test results between August 2020 and September 2022 shows that internet speeds are increasing almost everywhere in the U.S. However, whether you have seen an increase in speed or not is completely dependent on where you live and what type of internet is available at […]

Rural communities receive nearly $800M for high-speed internet
Rural communities receive nearly $800M for high-speed internet
Robin Layton

In conjunction with the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, 24 states, Puerto Rico, Guam and Palau are getting millions of dollars in federal grants and loans for high-speed internet. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced this week that the $759 million in loans and grants will come from the third funding round of the ReConnect Program. […]

Verizon makes 10-year price-for-life guarantee
Verizon makes 10-year price-for-life guarantee
Robin Layton

If you’ve been considering switching to Verizon Home Internet, the company just upped the ante for signing up now. As of October 27, 2022, Verizon is offering new Verizon 5G Home, LTE Home and Fios Internet customers a price guarantee for 10 years. Basically, what you sign up to pay for now for a new […]

How does satellite internet work?
How does satellite internet work?
Robin Layton

Satellites bring internet into your home through dishes and modems.