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How Can We Use It?

Advantages of Broadband

Broadband can provide access to a wide range of resources, services, and products that can enhance your life in a variety of ways. These resources, services, and products include, but are not limited to:
 
Education, Culture, & Entertainment
  • Broadband can overcome geographical and financial barriers to provide access to a wide range of educational, cultural, and recreational opportunities and resources. 
Telehealth & Telemedicine
  • Broadband can facilitate provision of medical care to unserved and underserved populations through remote diagnosis, treatment, monitoring, and consultations with specialists.

Economic Development/E-Commerce

  • Broadband can promote economic development and revitalization through electronic commerce (e-commerce) by:
  • Creating new jobs and attracting new industries.
  • Providing access to regional, national, and worldwide markets. 
Electronic Government (E-Government)
 
  • Electronic government can help streamline people’s interaction with government agencies, and provide information about government policies, procedures, benefits, and programs. 
Public Safety and Homeland Security
 
  • Broadband can help protect the public by facilitating and promoting public safety information and procedures, including, but not limited to:
  • Early warning/public alert systems and disaster preparation programs.
  • Remote security monitoring and real time security background checks.
  • Backup systems for public safety communications networks. 
Broadband Communications Services
  • Broadband provides access to new telecommunications technologies such as Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) allowing voice communication using the Internet. 
Communications Services for People With Disabilities
 
  • Broadband permits users of Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) to use Video Relay Services (VRS) to communicate more easily, quickly, and expressively with voice telephone users. 
Health Care
 
Telemedicine enables health care professionals and patients to take advantage of digital communications to save money, time, and travel and most importantly, improve the quality of care. The range of telemedicine applications includes:
  • Simple and relatively easy to implement applications like patient ordering medications or scheduling appointments online.
  • Remote reading and monitoring of data generated by devices implanted in patients.
  • Advanced applications such as a remote, rural health care clinic being able to send test or lab results to a larger health care facility for instant readings and diagnosis.
  • Using video conferencing for a doctor in a distant location seeing the patient and making a diagnosis.
  • Using video conferencing for doctor-to-doctor consultations or continuing education. 
Telemedicine can improve the quality of health care and lower health care costs in rural communities. Other telemedicine applications using monitoring and surveillance equipment can be used to safely allow older adults to remain in their homes instead of being placed in a long-term care facility.
 
Education & Workforce Development
 
Public Safety
 
Government
 

Economic Development

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