Now the Pew Research Center has conducted a study that asks what new ways will we be using the Internet for in the future? As more and more consumers get access to Gigabit speeds, how will it change their lives?
- Enhanced telepresence: the ability to "meet" face-to-face with people around the world with no physical travel
- Augmented reality: also known as "virtual reality", we will be able to experience vitural surroundings using all of our senses, not just our eyes and ears
- Increased integration with technology: smart devices will continue to become a more integral part of our lives
- Education and healthcare: how we teach our children and how we treat the sick and elderly will be transformed.
Of course, gigabit Internet will also allow for enhancements of the purposes we use megabit internet for today. For example, the next generation of television-so called Ultra High Definition or 4K-will require much higher Internet speeds to bring entertainment into your home. And as more and more devices are put in use in the average home or business (not just computers but phones, tablets, watches, energy managements systems, home automation, etc.), the size of the broadband pipe leading into the customer's premise will need to be increased to meet the demand.
The Pew Research Center's full report can be read here.