It’s all going to die

Well, we’re not just yet, but our access to the internet will be dead by 2010 if the doom and gloom merchants are to be believed. We’ll be on a road to nowhere.

It would appear that whilst providers of content are working hard to make the public’s use of the internet a full-on experience and a one-stop-shop for all our needs – think iPlayer, MP3 downloads etc – the actual infrastructure upon which this is being built is decidedly shaky. GB does not have the broadband capability to match the ever-growing demand and when we all change to IPTV – well, don’t even go there.information super highway

The suggestion is that fibre to the home would be the answer but that would be a costly exercise and who would foot the bill?

This conjures up an interesting vision of a sudden reversal to life without the Internet. Where would we all be? No on-line shopping, no instant answers to questions, having to post letters and press releases (having to print them off too – not very green), the list is endless.

I am sure it will never come to that but it once again it is a case of “seemed like a good idea at the time” with anyone realising where it could all lead.

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One Response to It’s all going to die

  1. putsimply says:

    You might be interested in the speech given at the IET yesterday by Ofcom’s Chief Executive, Ed Richards. He was talking about the next generation of broadband in the UK.

    He touched on Nielsen’s law – the Moore’s law of Bandwidth – which ” holds that bandwidth available to the high end customer increases by 50 per cent compound each year, and that the mass market will lag two to three years behind it.”

    He also talked about the market and consumer’s willingness to pay for the access as a major driver for the take up of higher speeds. Picking up on your fears that we may go back to a “dark age” of having to actually post stuff (how on earth would Royal Mail cope?), Richards clearly recognises the importance of good broadband access, commenting: “These networks form part of the critical infrastructure of the country’s economy and will be central to the way we live our lives in the future.”

    He then went on to talk about the drivers of change and the technology aspects – all in all it seems like it was an interesting speech. If you want to take a look at the full copy, it’s here: http://www.ofcom.org.uk/media/speeches/2008/04/ietspeech

    enjoy!

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