How the FCC's Redefinition of Broadband Will Kill Cubicle Culture

People, like chickens, were made to wander around. We don't respond well to working in enclosed spaces, without privacy, or just without space to stretch our legs. Free-range humans offer at least some of the same advantages that chickens do - they're happier, and they produce better content.  Thankfully, everyone will soon have the chance to spread their wings and fly the coop, thanks to the FCC's redefinition of broadband. The speeds offered by new, improved connections will allow workers the chance to telecommute and work from any location with a business phone system.

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Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman, recently oversaw the vote that set the new threshold for a broadband definition at 25/3 Mbps (That's 25 Mbps download speed, 3 Mbps upload speed). This is a massive increase over the previous definition, which was a paltry 10/1 Mbps. This broadband speed least only half as fast when downloading and as third as fast when downloading. This is important because of the way it changes businesses relationship to the Internet, and what it spells out for those who want to utilize UC in their business phone systems.

Why does this matter?
Fonality's Vice President of Marketing Daryl Reva noted, "With broadband connection speeds more readily available than ever, employee demand for flexible work-from-home policies will soon reach a breaking point. Fear-driven employers will be forced let go of the archaic model of keeping workers caged within a single office building, just as we've seen with BYOD cellphone policies."  

She went on to note that the effects of this will make a strong positive impact on businesses' bottom lines. Organizations will be able to use video conferencing and cloud-based phone systems to mak their workforce much more powerful. At the same time, they will have access to broader talent pools.

Businesses have a lot to gain from this. Employees always require a certain amount of investment. They have to be paid, of course, but they must also be trained, given tools and space to work, little perks for coming in to the office, and similar incentives. Although companies don't need to pay an individual heating bill for every worker that comes in to the office, they do have to pay for everyone's collective heating, cooling, and lighting bills. Over time, this can become a bit of a burden for any business. Plus, those employees that have to come in and leave every day have to factor in their travel to and from work. By allowing workers to telecommute, they can get workers that feel fresher while still giving as much time to the business.

Talent pools
Workers that want to be able to work for certain companies are frequently limited by their physical space. As Reva said, it's an immense opportunity to expand a company's talent pool. There are simply so many workers out there who may be a better fit for a current position within an organization that aren't able to make it because they are unable to travel. By eliminating this as a concern, a business can get the best within their field without having to make concessions.

Fear-driven employers may hate this, but ultimately telecommuting is good for businesses. Employees can be productive regardless of their location. In fact, they tend to outperform those that work from the office, according to Qua​rtz. It is possible through utilizing UC as a means to enable telecommunication to simultaneously cut costs while also increasing worker performance. There are few things in the world can can allow a company to do as many things at once as upgrading to UC.

Because of the FCC's ruling, the increase in definition for broadband also allows workers to get the same use out of their UC packages that they would while still in office. This can allow a company to rest easily knowing that they'll get the most out of their transition to UC even if workers don't use their office connection. 25Mbps of download speed is enough for highly clear signal on any phone network, and can result in a company being able to talk to clients whenever they need to, even if it's after office hours. This can let an organization be as flexible as they need to be with their business phone system.

Because UC systems allow people to use whatever kind of implementation strategies they need, it is easy for customers to get exactly the kind of experience they want. It's easy to recommend UC to any company or group that wants to be able to save money in the long run while simultaneously making their business, workers and relationship with clients stronger. There's no downside. People are designed to wander around and work on things in their own space. They shouldn't be couped up all day. Spread your wings with us. 

NetFortris Team
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