As I became involved in the Broadband Study Committee, I became fascinated with the range of issues that were impacted by a truly enhanced bundled broadband internet service.
Of course, email, phone and TV are primary but understanding of how business, education and telehealth for those interested in "aging in place" especially on an island has affected me firsthand.
I've been aware for a while about the future use of interactive connections between medical personnel and patients with out having to always go to a medical office or facility, but assumed it was for mostly urban areas, but its everywhere now.
After recent heart surgery, I had to be fitted with an heart monitor whose sensors attached to my chest constantly transmit data constantly to a national service.
That is, it would, if there was a consistent strong signal through the telephonic device.
The unit stores all data to eventually be downloaded when the 30 days is up, but the ability of the service to alert me to a pending a emergency based on the information they're receiving is seriously compromised.
So for all us who are trying to age in place it is another reason to strongly consider the need to upgrade our island to a truly sustainable improved fiber based broad band service to every home and business on Great Chebeague.
Ron McKinnon (chairman of Broadband Committee)