Gordon Smith and others discuss why Google’s fiber project belongs in Asheville at the first public meeting on the effort, at the Dripolator, March 4. Video by wumedia
Excerpts from “The Model Is Not Reality” blog:
Why Gigabit Internet Access? First, why would anyone need gigabit Internet access? With traditional broadband speeds approaching 10 Mbps, consumers can already stream live videos to their TVs, listen to podcasts and broadcast webcams of their children to their grandparents.
1. Home Healthcare
The doctor’s office of the future will be your own house. From portable full body imaging to robotic telemedicine to multimedia monitoring of home health patients, remote medicine will increase the speed of services and give rural residents access to a greater range of experts. …
2. Remote Employment
Rural workers today have it tough two ways: the economy and their location. Either way, jobs are hard to come by. Thus far remote workers have generally been knowledge workers working from home. Factory workers, healthcare professionals and others have been left out of the remote work revolution.
A combination of high bandwidth access and human-controlled robotics will allow workers to work remotely in an ever increasing number of fields, allowing workforces to be allocated geographically in real-time to where their experience is needed most. From oil rigs to telemedicine to construction, remotely controlled robots controlled by trained humans will become the norm. Assuming, of course, the bandwidth exists to support these applications. …
3. Rural Education
For poor rural families, the educational choices parents have for their child are slim. The local school may not have the programs that tap into their child’s full potential. Yet they cannot afford to send their child to a private boarding school. Many rural communities may have magnet schools that are too far to attend.
At-home and in-school telepresence becomes the key which unlocks new possibilities. By allowing students to attend classes remotely, schools can provide higher level courses with specialized teachers. Schools with limited funding can take virtual school trips to exotic locations. …
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