Expanded broadband access crucial link between military personnel and families

June 7, 2012 - 2 Comments

We were excited to see that the Internet Innovation Alliance(IIA) recently made a public announcement calling for expanded broadband Internet access to help military families stay connected with loved ones. The three key topics IIA discussed are communications needs that Cisco has consistently supported.

1. Video communication for active military provides our troops the opportunity to interact with their families in real-time. “From my experience, it is essential to the mental health and morale of our troops to be able to see and speak with family and friends,” said Afghanistan war veteran Rick Noriega, Colonel in the Texas Army National Guard and a former five-term member of the Texas House of Representatives from Houston. “I remember a priceless moment during my deployment to Afghanistan in 2005 when I was able to watch my son open his Christmas gifts over the Internet.”2. Telehealth for veterans has served more than 200,000 veterans through its clinic-based program, and more than 50,000 patients are enrolled in the VA’s Home Telehealth program, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Telehealth.

3. Online educational opportunities exist for the thousands of soldiers returning from Iraq at the end of the year as well as vets working on continued education after their military experience.

Connecting military veterans through telepresenceand other Internet technologies can provide real opportunities in health care, education and employment.

To read more about the legislation the IIA supports, click here.

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  1. I am a Cisco employee and spouse of an active duty Marine. When my husband was deployed to Afghanistan last year we found out that there was a Cisco TelePresence unit on the base for people to use for communication with family. We never got to use it, but I was delighted to hear about Cisco’s positive impact on families who are separated by deployments. Things like this make a huge difference in morale!

    • Hi Lexi,

      Sorry I missed your comment until now! I’ve been amazed at the kinds of things Cisco does for our military personnel (active duty and retired), especially making telepresence available to the families of those deployed. I’m sorry you didn’t get to take advantage of the video, but based on your comment, am hoping instead, that your husband is home now? Thank you for your comment!