jdcr256 wrote:I think rather than equipping each building with business class internet connections, the better long-term solution is to find ways to minimize data transfer, and push more computing requirements to the client through native apps and newer browser technology. These types of solutions can both improve the user experience, and save the church money.
This is the right thinking, and serves a world-wide, global church more than you're likely even thinking. Many people in the world view the Internet ONLY through their phones and will never own a personal computer or have a broadband internet in their homes.
I'm not in-the-know on the church's meetinghouse technology plans, but I doubt providing a good broadband experience to all members while at church is in the cards.
I couldn't disagree more with this sentiment however - a minimal investment in technology that is utilized in so many aspects of our service, teaching and training will return to us in greater amounts than the large capital investments the Church has in many areas (which are still considered valuable)... as a single example out of many, think of the sound system in a meetinghouse - this is not provided by an off-the-shelf Radio Shack portable PA system - it is expensive and very nice. The return on that investment is minimal compared to the return on a minimal investment higher broadband speed subscriptions would bring. Tithing dollars go towards many things with very differing rates of return and our own personal opinion of their values differ, that is true.
“A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom.”
― Thomas Paine, Common Sense