Broadband is an important tool for expanding educational and economic opportunities for consumers in remote locations such as Indian reservations.
Broadband allows you to take advantage of new services un-available or not convenient to use with a dial-up Internet connection. One such service is Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), an alternative to traditional voice telephone service, that dramatically decreases the cost for long-distance calling, depending on your calling patterns.
Some VoIP services only allow you to call other people using the same service, but others allow you to call anyone who has a telephone number – including local, long distance, mobile, and international numbers.
Broadband makes “telemedicine” possible: patients in rural areas can confer online with medical specialists in more urban areas and share information and test results very quickly.
Broadband helps you efficiently access and use many reference and cultural resources, such as library and museum data bases and collections. You also need Broadband to best take advantage of many distance learning opportunities, like online college or university courses, and continuing or senior education programs.
In addition to these new services, Broadband allows you to shop on-line and Web surf more quickly and efficiently. Downloading and viewing videos and photos on your computer are much faster and easier.
With Broadband, you access the Internet by turning on your computer, not over a telephone line, allowing you to use the Internet without tying up your phone line.
An internet virtual community is a network of individuals who interact over the Internet, potentially crossing geographical and political boundaries in order to pursue mutual interests or goals.
Some of the most pervasive types of virtual community include social networking services such as Facebook and Twitter,