by Stuart Dredge in The Guardian
This is one of the most powerful arguments I have seen for Fibre to the Home networks. Hyperfast, synchronous broadband will drive social process and make everybody’s lives better.
Fiber Networks: A Catalyst for Next-Generation Apps and Services?
Health applications are definitely one of those areas in which Hyperfast connectivity will come into its own. We are all living longer, and, as we do, society cannot cope with huge numbers of people living in institutions of one form or another. And, it is obvious that the vast majority of people would prefer to stay in their own homes. When large numbers of people are living at home, being monitored for their vital signs 24 hours a day, we will need much better connectivity than most of what is on offer today.
But a particularly key passage in the article is this:
Gigabit speeds allows video and audio quality so sharp that a psychologist or other professional can detect the subtle emotional giveaway a patient may reveal during a remote interview that all is not well. Slower web connections occasionally freeze or get garbled.
“We want to engage the individual through sort of a virtual embrace,” Fitzpatrick said. “We can connect people to meaningful data and robust tele-consultations.”