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mejiac
mejiac  
11/6/2013 9:49:12 AM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: When technology opens the doors to the economy
Thanks to High Speed internet, and available technology platforms, we're able to interview someone from accross the globe, in different time zones.

For many countries with fewer resources, providing locals access to the internet is literally allowing them to access the world around them, to content that otherwise is not available simply because there aren't the resources to support it.

So for a high school student in a remote community, having a computer with internet access grants them access to media that form the basis of there education.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
11/5/2013 5:25:35 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: When technology opens the doors to the economy
@mejiac, online coursework has opened up a lot of possibilities not only for undergrad but graduate and training programs. I've seen a lot of great-sounding courses offered online that might even be just for fun and interest.

mejiac
mejiac  
11/5/2013 4:22:10 PM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: When technology opens the doors to the economy
@Mary Jander, correct... Internet services are a great means to provide information in so many venues.

Education is an aspect that has greatly evolved, where the traditional classroom is being replaced with discussion forums, online video sessions and collaborating virtually on a document accross cities/states/continent.

I myself did an online course and had team members located in Central and South America.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
11/5/2013 10:27:03 AM
User Rank Staff
Re: Fiber is not enough
Agreed, @Pablo, that home users are well served at those 100-Mbit/s rates. Too bad, though, that faster rates for businesses and healthcare aren't more widely available.

I wonder what forces  might help improve the telecom providers' ability to address the upgrade requirements?

Pablo Valerio
Pablo Valerio  
11/5/2013 5:36:50 AM
User Rank Blogger
Re: Fiber is not enough
Mary, I wish I could have the 100 mbps at home. Some areas of the city, while they are wired for fiber, are still served only by DSL. The maximum I can get now is 12 mbps.

The main problem in Europe is the huge investment necessary to update the infrastructure at the exchanges. While several governments have programs to help ISPs deploy FTTC and FTTH country-wide, they are only intrested in big cities and large businesses to cover the investments.

Google's initiative is great, but I doubt that they are getting their money back soon. It is a great marketing action, and they have plenty of cash to burn bringing gigabit intertnet to the city.

Frankly, I believe 100mbps today is good enough for most people. Unless you want to watch the announced Netflix 4K (requires about 16 mbps) in every room there is no need for gigabit internet at home.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
11/4/2013 5:29:55 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: When technology opens the doors to the economy
Great link, @mejiac! When you start to investigate, it's clear that high-speed Internet supports many really wonderful new services, in medicine, education, and government as well as in entertainment. Sometimes people think it's just about downloading movies faster, but clearly, it's not only that.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
11/4/2013 5:27:08 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: When technology opens the doors to the economy
The faster the better is the key for Internet services in all countries for sure, @mejiac. In developing nations, it may seem that they're farther along with mobile services, but those services, while ubiquitous, often have lots of technological problems. Hence, you used to have the situation in Nigeria, for example, where folk would have three smartphones, one for each service, just to ensure they wouldn't lose connectivity. I think things have improved a bit there.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
11/4/2013 5:24:02 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Fiber is not enough
Yes, great point, Pablo. Just having fiber is only the start. While it's a great head start not to have to dig and install fiber cabling, the service provider must have the facilities or else be able to buy time on someone else's in order to offer these high-speed services.

Barcelona's 100-Mbit/s speeds are already awesome. Hope you find more 1-Gbit/s there soon.

Davedgreat2000
Davedgreat2000  
11/4/2013 3:33:20 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Fiber is not enough
In th Cities of Burabank and Glendale CA, we can get through our cable provider at least 60 mbs for about $80 month. Maybe less. but they are using Cable not Fiber to the Home. I pay about $45/month for 30mbs. Too expensive if you ask me. So Gigabit is going to cost a heck of a lot more in some areas especially as Pablo says the backbone is not ready to handle it yet.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
11/4/2013 3:19:34 PM
User Rank Staff
Essential
Gee, what a surprise that Google didn't follow through on its plans in the manner that it said it would. Look how shocked I am. I can hardly believe it. Etc. Etc.

Anyway.

Great topic, Mary. As a US-based individual, I can't help but scowl as I read through this, as it seems we're really far off from having adequate services at fair prices, due to several factors, including short-sightedness on the part of our government, and the stranglehold certain ISPs have over our communities. Meanwhile, the Internet seems to get slower and slower as the days go on. Cities just can't continue in the direction they're going if the networks aren't there to support them.

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