There is so much to learn in the broadband space. What does that actually mean in terms of the devices you use at home and what you pay for? If you have additional questions or have any that should be added to this list feel free to reach out to email@example.com.
What Is Broadband?
A connection to the Internet with minimum download speeds of 25 Mbps and minimum upload speeds of 3 Mbps, as defined by the Federal Communications Commission.
What Is The Digital Divide?
The difference between those who have access to the Internet and related technologies and those who do not. These differences are highlighted in categories of inequitable access to the Internet at home, inability to afford Internet service or devices, misunderstandings of privacy and the relevance of the Internet.
What Does Digital Inclusion Mean?
Activities necessary to ensure that all individuals and communities, including the most disadvantaged, have access to and use of Information and
Communication Technologies (ICTs).
This includes five elements:
1) affordable, robust broadband Internet service;
2) Internet-enabled devices that meet the needs of the user;
3) access to Digital Life Skills training;
4) quality technical support; and
5) applications and online content designed to enable and encourage self-sufficiency, participation and collaboration
What is Digital Literacy?
The set of competencies required for full participation in a knowledge society. It includes knowledge, skills, and behaviors involving the effective use of digital devices such as smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktop PCs for purposes of communication, expression, collaboration and advocacy. While digital literacy initially focused on digital skills and stand-alone computers, the focus has shifted from standalone to network devices including the Internet and social media.
Who is the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)?
The governmental body charged with regulatory oversight of interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and US territories. The commission is the United States’ primary authority for communications laws, regulation and technological innovation. https://www.fcc.gov/
Is There a Glossary of Terms?
There is! Broadband USA put together a great glossary. I would refer to it here.
If The Site Is Called The Missouri Broadband Resource Rail Does That Mean Bordering States Can’t Partner?
We would love to partner with bordering states and highly suggest other states still be adding resources into the Resource Navigator. Missouri alone has some specific laws that are unique to just the state. The site is meant to be tailored for Missourians but recognize this is a national issue and are looking to expand our footprint.
Why Does Broadband Matter?
In the 21st century, broadband is basic infrastructure just as vital as roads and bridges, electrical lines and sewer systems. At the community level, an advanced telecommunications network is critical for driving growth, attracting new businesses, creating jobs, enabling access to emergency services, and remaining competitive in the information-age economy. At the individual level, access to broadband – and the know-how to use it – opens the door to employment opportunities, educational resources, health care delivery, government services and social networks. In many cases, broadband is necessary for applying for a job or even completing a homework assignment.
Why Do Network Speeds and Capacity Matter?
When a user connects to the Internet, the download speed is the rate at which data (websites, videos, music, etc.) is transferred from another source to the device. Upload speed is the rate at which data (photos, videos) is uploaded to the Internet. If a user is going to download or upload numerous large files (e.g., streaming videos, a digital photo album) with low network speed, it could take hours for the content to transfer. Network speeds also have the potential to impact speed of delivery for emergency services or telemedicine.
Why Are So Many People Still Not Connected?
People cite many reasons why they do not use broadband. However, the five most common broadband adoption barriers are: cost, access, skills, relevance and perception. Many demographic groups have historically lagged in using the Internet. These include senior citizens, minorities and Americans with lower levels of educational attainment.
How Is Broadband Changing Education?
Broadband allows students to take online courses and access cutting-edge research at schools and universities throughout the world. With broadband, Advanced Placement classes and foreign language programs can become available to small rural schools with limited resources. It helps teachers customize lessons for students at different learning levels by leveraging different types of online curriculum materials and virtual teaching aids to supplement lesson plans and homework assignments. And it serves as a platform to teach students the digital literacy skills that are so critical to success in today’s economy.
How Can Broadband Improve Health Care and Enable Telehealth?
Access to broadband is transforming health care. Telemedicine expands access to health care services, particularly for people living in rural areas with few medical facilities and not enough specialists and doctors. Patients can consult with medical personnel located miles away using video conferencing technology, and doctors can monitor patients using remote diagnostic equipment. Telemedicine also permits physicians to transmit X-rays, CT scans, medical records and other large files to hospitals across the country with the simple click of a mouse.
How Can I Help People In My Community Learn To Use The Internet?
NTIA has published a Broadband Adoption Toolkit to share best practices and tips to help communities implement adoption programs. The Toolkit contains practical ideas and tips for encouraging a variety of people to get online – from senior citizens who may have never before touched a mouse to English Language Learner populations.