If there’s one organization that never has to worry about streaming videos in glorious HD, it’s NASA. The space organization's shadow network can transfer 91 gigabits per second, or 91,000 megabits per second.
For comparison, the average broadband connection speed in the U.S. is 6.6 megabits per second - or more than 13,000 times slower. Click here to see if your Internet is above or below average.
What is a shadow network? It's like the Internet, but only connects a few research facilities and organizations around the world. It's meant to share huge data files from science experiments.
In other words, it's like the original Internet back when it was ARPANet. NASA's shadow network, on the other hand, is called the Energy Science Network, or ESnet.
Besides never having to wait for any download ever, ESnet has massive scientific value. Mapping the human genome takes up a lot of disk space, but labs can now send that information almost instantaneously.
Unfortunately, ESnet isn't going to be arriving in your home anytime soon. However, some of the technology behind it could eventually improve the Internet we already have.
Until the scientists descend from their labs and share their technology with the rest of us, though, I’ll be waiting for Google Fiber and its Gigabit speeds to hit my town.