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The main readings for the case are focused on Gallaugher's Chapter 12, A Managers Guide to the Internet and Telecommunications. Chapter 12 describes the various technologies that make up the Internet infrastructure in order to find the information that one looks for and require to access. For the information to travel fast, the Internet needs the speed and capacity of telecommunication systems, which is known as bandwidth. The speed and capacity of data transmission are measured in bits per second (BPS) or commonly referred as baud rate. For transmission purposes, narrow band channels operate low speed transmission rates of 64K BPS whereas medium speed channels transmit at the speed of 100 MBS.

As stated in Laudon and Laudon (2012) learning track 4, broadband channels provide high-speed transmission rates of 256,000 BPS to billion BPS. The various channels for transmission use microwave, fiber optics, or satellite transmissions, for which each have their own transmission speed.

Required Readings

Gallaugher, J. (2012). Information Systems: A Harnessing Guide to Information Technology. FlatWorld Knowledge. E-texbook Chapter 12.

Gallaugher, J. (2012). Information Systems: A Harnessing Guide to Information Technology. Chapter 12. [PowerPoint slides].

Laudon, K., & Laudon, J. (2012). Essentials of MIS. (10th Ed.). Learning Track 4: Broadband network services and technologies. Retrieved from http://wps.prenhall.com/wps/media/objects/14071/14409392/Learning_Tracks/Ess10_Ch06_LT2_Broadband_Network_Services_and_Technologies.pdf

After reading the course materials, please answer the following questions.

What advantages could broadband offer to underserved areas of the world? Is Internet access important for economic development? Why or why not?

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http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2010/07/internet-connectivity-and-economic-development/60639/

http://www.ssireview.org/blog/entry/the_broadband_opportunity

What advantages could broadband offer to underserved areas of the world? Is Internet access important for economic development? Why or why not?

Broadband internet service is integral to success for other underserved areas of the world as the economic divide that currently exists in the world is a result of the divide that exists between technology and access to resources. This is particularly true for those deprived of internet access because the 21st century will continue to be characterized by technological advances and access to this technology. Those that are deprived of this access are at a severe disadvantage in reference to those in Western nations that have been at the forefront of the technological advances for the last 20 years. Technology has ...

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