I was reading through some testimonials the other day when I came across an individual expressing his gratitude to WildBlue for enabling him to have access to his online classes. Now, I know we have talked about online degrees before, but I felt compelled to bring it up again after reading this testimonial. I can relate to people taking online classes and even getting online degrees as I have several friends getting their entire degree online, and I have even taken some online classes in the past. I just thought about how difficult this would be without access to high-speed internet service. I live in a rural area myself and went to a fairly small high school, that actually required me to take one of my classes via correspondence because the class was not offered at the school. This was back when dial-up internet was the only option. I had to snail mail all of the class work to the teacher, and the course material was sent to me on a CD. When I read that testimonial I kept thinking about how awful it would be to have to go back to that.
Online degrees are not something to be frowned upon at all anymore. Very prestigious universities have now started offering online degree options or at least placing a large portion of their course content online. I know that MIT has started an initiative to get all their class learning material placed online so anyone in the world can access it. Actually, I even read the other day that Harvard has started, or will be starting an online degree program. The truth is if you do not have access to fast high-speed internet you will get left behind very quickly in the realm of education. Even if you are getting your degree from a physical university you still need broadband access to connect to others in the class with you. I guess the moral of this post is if you do not have access to broadband internet, get it. Even if DSL and Cable are not available to you there is still satellite internet. So, there is really no excuse.