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Broadband Bits and Bytes

  1. 1. Broadband Bits and Bytes Why do we have to have it? What’s the difference between one service and the other? Bill Coleman, Community Technology Advisors Mark Zimmerman, Itasca Economic Development Corp.
  2. 2. “The slowest Internet speeds you will tolerate are most likely the fastest you will get.” Milo Mendlin, CEO Google Fiber
  3. 3. For me, a day without broadband is a day without sunshine!
  4. 4. My Broadband Activities Business  Check email  Receive broadband industry news  Research  Purchase equipment  Make travel arrangements  Webinars  Home videoconferencing  Maps Pleasure  Check email  Facebook  Review newspapers  Fact – checking –politics and sports  FaceTime/Skype  Find and purchase books  Music, movies and TV  Fishing reports
  5. 5. Broadband Considerations Technology and Providers
  6. 6. Broadband Comparisons State of the Art - FTTH  Up to 100 Mb/1 Gb  Symmetrical upload and download  Low latency  Generally unlimited usage  Very expensive to deploy Satellite  Up to 12 Mb  Significantly higher download than upload  High latency inhibits interactive applications  Aggressive use raises costs  Relative low costs per user to deploy
  7. 7. Available Broadband Price Comparisons Satellite - Exede  12 Mb/3 Mb  Use determines price  10 Gb = $49.99 + 9.99  15 Gb = 79.99 + 9.99  25 Gb = 129.99 + 9.99  Free zone downloading after midnight Cellular (ATT)  For my household with 5 devices, recommended 20 Gb of data ($310) or….  Two smartphones with mobile hot spot, recommended 15 Gb of data ($240)  Both have unlimited talk and text; service is mobile
  8. 8. Service Provider Comparisons  SCI Broadband in Bovey  Triple play services ($126)  12 Mb Internet $49.95  Paul Bunyan in Grand Rapids  Triple play services ($117.95)  10 Mb ($44.95) to 25 Mb (74.95) Internet  CenturyLink  Internet and phone  Speed availability relies on location  1.5 Mb ($40) to 7 Mb ($45)
  9. 9. Some good questions about technology… Thanks to Jeanne!
  10. 10. What about e-banking (and security in general)?  Features  Online banking  Mobile banking  Paperless statements  Security  Generally quite safe  Do not use public wi-fi to access!  Cellular wireless is OK  Make sure your own device & network are secure!
  11. 11. What about data caps?  Wired providers  Extremely high data caps affect few users  Satellite  More use = higher fees  Excess use is throttled  Cellular  More use = higher fees
  12. 12. Video?  Downloading  Receive and store a video file for review at any time. Video file is stored on the device hard drive. Internet bandwidth affects time required to download but not playback quality  Streaming  Receive and play and video file in real time. File is not stored on hard drive. Internet bandwidth affects user experience.  Videoconference  Interactive two-way video conversation using Skype, Facetime or enterprise systems. Bandwidth greatly affects experience
  13. 13. How Much Bandwidth does streaming use?  Netflix  HD – 1800 Mb per hour  10 Gb cap = 2.7 movies per month  SD – 300 Mb per hour  10 Gb cap = 16.2 movies per month  Pandora  32 Mb per hour  10 Gb cap = 312 hours
  14. 14. How much bandwidth do I need? Bandwidth Available Application Tech Note 500 Kb – 1 Mb Voice over IP Satellite – Latency Web browsing and email 1 Mb – 5 Mb Larger email attachments Data caps, Upload speed IPTV Data caps Telecommuting Upload speed, data caps Streaming music Data caps 6 Mb – 10 Mb Large file sharing Data caps Video on demand Data caps Tele-presence Satellite Latency Large file sharing Upload speed important Gaming Satellite Latency
  15. 15. National Apps  Pandora  www.pandora.com  Netflix  www.netflix.com  Health  www.webmd.com  Education  www.khanacademy.org  https://www.edx.org/course/mit/24- 00x/introduction-philosophy-god/888
  16. 16. Local Broadband Applications Creating Content and Value in the Itasca Area
  17. 17. School District Technologies  Fiber-fed wired and wireless technologies  One to one device initiatives  Flipped classroom  Instant feedback  Wi-Fi on school buses  School district collaboration – IASC  Video conferencing  Teacher sharing  Shared tech support
  18. 18. School Districts District 318 Grand Rapids  www.isd318.org  Student/Parent Portal  Calendars  Online Payments  Forms and Guidelines  Lesson plans with assignments  Videos of activities District 316 Greenway of Coleraine  www.greenwayhs.new.rsc hooltoday.com  Parent portal  Calendars  Forms and guidelines  Lesson plans with assignments  Payment may be within portal
  19. 19. Health Care Technologies For Health Care Providers  Access to reports and images  Real-time consultations  Continuing education For Residents  Patient portals  Access to Electronic Health Records  Home health monitoring  E-visits  Patient instruction videos  E-health web sites
  20. 20. Grand Itasca www.granditasca.org  Family Health Manager  MyChart  Multimedia Center  Community Resources
  21. 21. Thank you!

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