Telehealth, Net Neutrality and A “New” Internet?

shutterstock_50712442What does telehealth have to do with net neutrality? Both are the latest buzzwords and until recently, vaguely defined terms. Telehealth, although still evolving, generally entails all things involving patient care that require the transmission of data. Net neutrality has been defined by the FCC’s recent release of a Net Neutrality order. And their correlation? Some have asked the question: Is net neutrality really the best thing for telehealth efforts? With no specific language regarding the prioritization of medical information, the Order basically equates the diagnostic transmission of a brain tumor at the same level as the latest skateboarding cat video! There are numerous other analogies to make this point but at the present time, every industry’s information (whether it be adult content, television, YouTube etc.) is equal to your medical information.

Back in the days when the Internet started out, everybody saw the future through his or her own lens. The Health IT community made statements like, “between 30% and 50% of the Internet would be consumed by medical information;” this was a visionary statement at the time, but the premise of medical information growing was largely true, albeit slow and still developing. In modern day, other industries have taken off, consuming much of the Internet traffic with ever-evolving applications, such as digital TV, set to bring more traffic to the information highway. Where does this leave telehealth? Right now, it finds itself treated at the same level as your neighbor’s kid playing Game of War. Read more of this post

Out with the Old, in with the New: Fiber Over Copper

Technology RecycledEnterprises across the country are moving away from traditional, legacy-based, last-mile operators and aggressively looking towards fiber-owned carriers to provide fiber infrastructure for their growing needs. A number of factors are driving this movement; at the top of the list, BANDWIDTH. Just a few years ago, the pinnacle of bandwidth was a 1.5Mbps T1 line. If you look at growing Ethernet demands nationally, we are moving from 100MB to 1GB, from 1GB to 10GB and from 10GB to 100GB at a surprising rate. IP-centric applications, such as IP voice, SIP Trunking, cloud based IT services and applications, unified communications, and video conferencing, are driving the demand for higher bandwidth utilization.

In the migration towards higher bandwidth offerings, numerous enterprises have come to the basic realization that obtaining this level of throughput is near to impossible on traditional, copper-based infrastructure. I’ll say it: copper is dead and here’s why fiber optics have replaced it: Read more of this post

Then and Now: Optics Long History in Communications

Alexander Graham Bell IPADHave you ever walked into a building, mesmerized by the interior? The high vaulted ceilings, domed roof or marble adornments? Often we get so caught up in the interior, we forget that this marvel would be near to impossible without the foundation upon which it stands. The same is true for network connectivity.

Many people use modern technologies such as mobile smartphones, broadband Internet service, and applications in the Cloud without realizing the extent of the underlying infrastructure that is required to deliver those products and services. Businesses and individuals increasingly rely on more advanced and technologically complex networks and applications and have an ever-increasing need for more and more bandwidth. Whether people realize it or not, what enables this to happen is a worldwide network of fiber optic infrastructure which exists at the Layer 1, “The Physical Layer,” or Layer 2, “The Data Link.” Read more of this post

The New Guy

The New GuyNewbie. Wet behind the ears. Rookie. We have all heard the many sayings and titles that are bestowed upon someone who is new to something; as, let’s face it, we have all been new at something at some point in our lives. New to school, new to college, new to marriage, new to a family, new to a career path. Not only have we all heard the sayings and titles, but we all know the feelings behind being new at something – nervousness, excitement, anxiousness, a sense of accomplishment when tasks set forth are met and completed to satisfaction.

But what choices are behind getting to those “new” places in our lives? Choosing schools and/or colleges may be based upon where you want to live or what you want to do with your life. Choosing to get married and start a family may be the desire to share your life with someone. But what about choosing a career path? Obviously things are usually based upon preference, but for the purposes of this article, why would anyone choose to be in the telecom industry? It’s fast-paced, cutthroat at times, and can be very stressful and confusing with all the acronyms people throw around – PtP, DF, VLAN, MPLS, 16QAM, etc. For myself though, it was these exact characteristics, and the help of some influential people in my life, that drove me towards choosing to be a “rookie” in telecommunications. Read more of this post

Trading Transit for Telecommuting – How Bandwidth Needs Are Affecting the Telework Trend

shutterstock_1625472021 in 5 workers, 7 days a week with 5 million by 2016.

4.2 million professionals, ≥ 1 day a week.

The numbers don’t lie. Telework has become the new norm. In a world where the lines have blurred and access of information is simply at the click of a button, many organizations have opted for the virtual office or in some cases “coffices” (the local coffee shop turned office). Whether to reduce costs, your environmental footprint or boost employee productivity and morale, the concept has gained some positive traction in the workplace. Of course, there are some operating logistics that require attention to truly make telecommuting a reality.

In Need of a Bandwidth Boom

Before we start turning those office buildings into neighborhood parks, we’ll need to increase the availability of high-speed connectivity to residential areas. At present, broadband is the missing link for teleworkers. According to Akamai’s “State of Internet” report, Delaware leads the U.S. charge in average IP connection speed at 10.9Mbps. Read more of this post

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