Seemingly overnight, all of our lives have been changed by the wireless boom. Voice, data, along with video demand and access are all the rage now. It has quickly become a need not a want. The short period of time that this transformation has occurred has been remarkable.
Wireless technology has been absolutely essential to the growth of the use and access within minority communities. The concerns over such issues are major concerns for both our nations' technical and economic growth.
A recent Pew Research Study titled "Seeding The Cloud: What Mobile Access Means for Usage Patterns and Online Content" states that, "Mobile access builds on the cell phone, a device that is easier to use and more affordable than a computer . . . cell phone users are more likely to be found in groups that have generally lagged in internet adoption, such as senior citizens, blacks, and Latinos." For many folks, their access to the internet is through the cell phone or other wireless devices.
The Pew study also notes that the pattern of use is more profound than how the internet is accessed. They study finds that "for use of non-voice data applications on handhelds, Hispanics and African Americans lead the way relative to white Americans. Half of African Americans and 56% of English-speaking Latinos with cell phones, on a typical day, do at least one of 10 non-voice data applications such as taking pictures, accessing the internet for news, playing music, or texting. By contrast, 38% of whites do these kinds of activities on a wireless handheld device on the average day."
It seems very clear that the potential growth for wireless companies in these markets will impact their business decisions. If they fail to address or reach out to these communities and potential new customers, they will suffer. There is also great potential to address the issues on how to make the internet and all of this new technology readily available to everyone.
Wireless technology has the potential to even the technology gap. This is what's so exciting about the possibilities of this new wireless world. As in the past, we believe that what brings us together will be something that we can see and feel.
So it is very ironic that the thing that may tie us all together is a technology that is not visible or tangible. Just think about it, there is a real chance that wireless technology will bring together not only our nation, but our world together.
With the constantly changing technology and innovation, the need for more bandwidth and faster speed on the Internet is a must. There are now real questions about the amount of bandwidth that will be needed to keep the internet unclogged.
The increasing demand for video on the Internet shows that we are moving into a brave new world. Who would have thought 10 years ago that you would be able to get video on both your computer and cell phone?
A recent New York Times article, "Video Road Hogs Stir Fear of Internet Traffic Jam", stated that, "Moving images, far more than words or sounds, are hefty rivers of digital bits as they traverse the Internet's pipes and gateways, requiring, in industry parlance, more bandwidth. Last year, by one estimate, the video site You Tube, owned by Google, consumed as much bandwidth as the entire Internet did in 2000."
The fear that the internet will crash are mostly calls of
hype. The internet is not going to crash. Will it be as congested
as rush hour traffic in
As always there will be a cost. Who pays for this expansion of the bandwidth? We all know somebody will have to pay for it. Will it be consumers and small business with limited resources and demands for such data who feel they are already paying their fair share? Or will it be large corporations and big-time funded start-ups that use massive amounts data and have the resources to contribute to help fund expanding needs, but are adamantly opposed to paying for increased bandwidth. There will be and must be more investment in expanding the bandwidth on the Internet.
The average person could care less about bandwidth and innovation. They just want their service to work when they turn it on, and they want fast access to the information they are looking for. The internet has become an integral part of our lives, and we expect it to work when we log in. It would be crazy for any of the current major ISPs to try to limit or stifle innovation. More creative and successful businesses help them grow their businesses by offering and proving greater services.
For any company to hamper or stop innovation would be the
quickest way to destroy their business model. On the other hand, asking to be compensated for providing extra service
for specific and bigger users of a product is the only realistic way a company
or business can survive.
The battle has begun. Let's hope that in the end both sides will find a way to make it work for both consumers and businesses. The future of both technology and innovation must not and should not be hampered.