Light Reading recently published an article outlining advantages of the hyped and oft-misunderstood technology of gigabit networks. In it, author Jason Myers insists that while it may take awhile for the general public to wrap its mind around exactly what gigabit networking can bring to a community other than faster streaming and downloading, there are real-world upsides to the technology that show up almost immediately.
One of these advantages crops up in education. Myers notes that school districts can employ applications from streaming video to remote connections to offsite speakers with a gigabit network in place. Economic development can also be assisted by the new technology, as existing gigabit connections play a big role in attracting new small and mid-sized businesses. Other possible opportunities include the health sector (for quickly assessing maladies), finance, and agriculture.