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Fantastic New Broadband Whitepaper

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Hat tip to my friend Steve Williams in Lincoln – our resident Nebraska broadband crusader.  He passed along a fantastic whitepaper on next-generation broadband that really hits it out of the park.  You can read the report here.

One of the key findings if the report revolves not around connectivity but the speed of it – speed matters and it is speed, not connectivity that powers innovation.

Critically, this paradigm shift resulted not merely from moving to an “always-on” environment, rather it arose because broadband enabled a wealth of services and applications that simply were not practical at the lower speeds, such as blogging, e-commerce, social networking, discovering health information, podcasting, distance education, voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), and many others. Thus, the jump to  broadband speeds represented an inflection point making possible a myriad of services that were previously impractical.

More importantly, the authors of the report actually understand the dynamic impact worldwide connectivity at broadband speeds produce watershed social and business events that change how humans do business.  Take example the TV – broadband connectivity and computers have taken the bite out of traditional media, to the point of financial insolvency.  They hit on 4 key points in *how* speed changes the game:

The four main functionalities are: 1) dramatically faster file transfer speeds for both uploads and downloads; 2) the ability to transmit streaming video, transforming the Internet into a far more visual medium; 3) the means to engage in true real-time collaboration;
and 4) the ability to use many applications simultaneously.

Great stuff.

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Written by Caleb

March 13, 2009 at 2:47 am

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