Benefits of telecommunications
Telecommunications play a critical role in promoting livability, workability and sustainability in cities.
Reducing the “digital divide.” Residents without access to the Internet are at an educational and economic disadvantage. By ensuring top-notch telecommunications everywhere, cities can help the disadvantaged level the playing field.
Empowering a connected lifestyle. Access to the Internet and mobile apps delivers an amazing body of human knowledge and connection, ranging from personal interests and hobbies to entertainment options, to job searching, to social media, to online courses and more. In developing countries around the world, mobile devices are now enabling people to have their first experiences with the Internet.
Better ways to deliver services. High-speed broadband creates a whole new way to deliver services. Government can deliver personalized alerts and applications directly to residents’ smartphones. M2M solutions can be supported. Schools can make education available 24x7 to anyone with a computer or mobile device. Medical professionals can deliver advice and perform simple examinations remotely.
Enabling safe e-transactions. Many people have come to rely on online shopping and banking. Building a telecommunications infrastructure with solid cybersecurity makes citizen life more convenient and more secure. Enabling safe, easy online and mobile payments reduces the “friction” of the local economy, leading to higher sales and more jobs.
Improving access to health and education. Telecommunications is the bedrock for online education and telemedicine, enabling the delivery of these services above and beyond their traditional boundaries, and allowing health and education professionals to serve a far wider audience than ever before.
Better ways to deliver services. SeeClickFix allows anyone to report and track non-emergency issues anywhere in the world via computer or mobile device, empowering citizens, community groups and governments to improve their neighborhoods. It uses “distributed sensing” to recognize patterns such as those that gradually take place on a street. Citizens can report issues on the go, and set up watch areas to monitor their block. Governments can watch for potholes and cracked sidewalks. Police can monitor crime issues reported within the precinct.