It is increasingly common for businesses and individuals to use Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services like Skype to facilitate phone conversations, video chat and conference calling. These services, it can be argued, work in a similar way to the digital TV we have come to know and love, using satellite links and cable connections to set up connections between users. With the worldwide availability of broadband VoIP is an extraordinary way of communicating that allows for brilliant, immediate and un-repressible communication. The information you hold in your mind can be transported to another human with ease, but a real benefit of VoIP is that it also allows body language to be communicated and visual information to be conveyed simply and effectively.
Establishing a worldwide network of colleagues who can each join a conference call supports flexible business. This logically leads to more fluid international relations, and presumably more international trade. Skype can keep long distance relationships current. Time zone differences are frustrating but can only be avoided by travelling to a common location. VoIP helps businesses keep costs down, saving money on travel and keeping their carbon footprint low.
VoIP also allows for extreme phone calling. Calling from the Antarctic, getting phone reception on an offshore oil rig, and giving worldwide information to every individual in a populated area are no more difficult than using your own telephone at home, thanks to the technological advances of the last few decades.
Social media and Skype has allowed the world to be transformed. Revolutions have been begun in Tunisia and Egypt through the freedom of internet communication. People have been brought closer together as they are now more able to communicate together. VoIP as a development in broadband phone and computer technology is beneficial to estranged communities. As much as there are drawbacks to social media's impact on education, children now have amazing influence over popular culture. YouTube, Twitter and Facebook show the number of people expressing themselves and their appreciation for people online. VoIP connects these people directly, allowing relationships, friendships and cultural exchange to blossom online.
Getting the best and most efficient broadband to support VoIP means having the computer RAM to run it and the fastest wires connected in the most efficient way to carry the information to the router which can then transfer information wirelessly. The best of this is that we have a more connected world.