This is the kind of future media companies need to prepare for:
What happens when you have 100 megabits per second connections on the edge of the network? In your homes, or in your pockets, or in your cars — an always-on 100 megabit per second pipe that wirelessly networks your life. No, we are not talking about fast pipes to the Internet, but simple easy networks all around you.
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So what does this all mean? Put another way, what are the implications when millions of people start creating ad-hoc wireless networks among themselves? Well, if you zoom out to look at the big picture, the most obvious implication is the rise of truly distributed peer2peer networks randomly and serendipitously popping up in meet space that have absolutely no central points of control.
Imagine high school kids and college students all over the world sharing anything and everything that is digital every time they meet up, directly with one another. And as we know, whatever the kids do first is likely to be the future for the nearly billion others who will be similarly equipped.
What we’re talking about here is a bandwidth explosion on the edge, where the infrastructure will be funded and built by the people, for the people . . . all without any central planning or capital outlays by the Internet access duopoly of cable and telcos. And the realization of such bandwidth nirvana by way of grass-roots deployment will lead to “social computing” in the truest sense.
We’re talking next year, my friends, not 10 years from now, or so this post suggests.