Most of us expect to be able to call a coworker, text a friend and pull up Web pages or videos at any time. But in many places, data connections like the ones we use every day don’t exist, even if they’re necessary for safety or monitoring and administering far-flung business operations.
For example, the remote areas where mining and drilling for oil and gas occur usually lack the fiber-optic connections or mobile telephone towers that power business communication in the office environment. Traveling by plane can lead to similar disruptions when you aren’t flying above populated areas. Data connections also don’t usually exist at sea.