What is broadbaND?
Broadband went from being a luxury to a necessity in just a few decades. We use it every day when we check our emails, do our work, and watch our favorite shows, but it is not just for personal use. Researchers now have entire libraries at their fingertips. Students can learn from anywhere. Business meetings can be conducted on different sides of the globe. Doctors can treat patients from miles away. Broadband has transformed the world and this is only the beginning.
The simplest definition of broadband is that it is a high-capacity transmission that is broadcasted over a wide range of frequencies, which enables a large number of messages to be communicated simultaneously.
The internet on the other hand, is a global computer network providing a variety of information and communication facilities, consisting of interconnected networks using standardized communication protocols.
What Are Fiber oPTICS?
In order for broadband to be provided, it needs to be transmitted by some means, the most effective being fiber optic cables. Fiber optic cables send information and data at the speed of light without weather, terrain, and location interfering with signals. Fiber optic cables are the fastest method of bringing internet to users across the country. Fiber optics have brought some areas download speeds faster than 1 gb.
Broadband creates opportunities in many areas including:
Many students and teachers here in the FNSBD have to deal with going home to substandard and sometimes non-existent internet. This means that students can't do their homework, teachers can't research, plan and grade, and the quality of the education provided to our children suffers. As we continue to become a more connected world, it also means that our children will not have the opportunity to take advantage of resources that enable more effective and successful learning.
Broadband increases productivity, improves distribution of goods and services, and creates new jobs and new ways to work from afar. It connects those in even the most remote areas of the borough. It overcomes the economic challenges associated with low population density and geographic isolation and creates new economic opportunity.
The business world is fast-paced and heavily reliant on their connection to the rest of the world. Better broadband means businesses can work more efficiently, leading to increased profit and higher quality services. Many of their daily affairs are requiring faster and faster speeds, leaving businesses waiting for longer periods of time to be able to complete them.
Considering the great distances Alaskans must travel to see healthcare specialists, better broadband provides the option of telemedicne where care can be administered without the patient having to leave their hometown. In addition, broadband helps to reduce costs for physician and patient alike by saving time through automating processes such as drug detailing and data storage.
Research areas that have slower internet are at a disadvantage in the 21st century as long-distance streaming and access to measurements from far away become more important. Fast data storage, automated graphing and access to high-definition streaming are all important assets to modern science.