Call me a luddite but I’m just not buying the story that super speed broadband will change my life, take this BBC article in which the The Broadband Stakeholder Group claim the economic benefit to the UK could be in excess of 16bn, the group also suggest action be taken to improve the network
They also make some (as far as i can see) unsupported claims about how this will effect us, society, the world!
… thats as wooly as Shaun the Sheep!
… Personally I can’t see how higher internet speeds necessarily equate to any of these lofty aims, I first used the internet for work in the late 1990’s as a designer it was great to be able to send stuff around the country/world without the costs of producing hard-copies and couriers… but since those days despite the increase in speed nothing has change, my working hours became no more flexible, if anything the internet made my working life harder because people expect quicker answers, quicker changes because they are at their computer they expected me to be at mine answering all of their questions there and then! Most of the self employed people I know have poor social lives, working independently is not the best environment to nurture friendships… and I’m not entirely sure how faster internet can improve that. So ok people can email me 10 times as fast… but wait there, what if I’m not at the computer that very second… what if I log on a lengthy twenty minutes after the message was sent… what does it matter to me (or the sender) that it was sent at super high speed?
Before the internet a computer was very much a luxury in my field… not something you *had* to have, these days its very much seen as a neccesity which of course is an added expense to our toolkit, and one I might add was never accounted for in my wages.
Of course what’s being sold here is the future and applications that I cannot yet forsee. (please God as long as that’s not a virtual world like Second Life where badly animated 3d figures get dressed in naff cyber clothes and visit poorly textured online clubs, theatres and casinos.) Let’s face it the paper-less office was a fantasy, computers make more paper than any typewriter. And a super high speed internet will only be good for playing games on and downloading feature length videos featuring naked ladies.
No surprise to me that the people that produce these reports are the same people who will most benefit from an even more expensive service. And of course they are urging action, the network we currently have cannot handle the new speeds and to upgrade it is prohibitively expensive. Sounds to me like someone’s trying to get some government funding!