Who wants ultra-fast broadband?

by Larry Emmott on February 24, 2010

in General,Internet

The authors of the article linked below ask; Who wants ultra-fast broadband? Duh…like doesn’t everybody.

I think it is interesting that one of the possible uses they speculate is watching 3D medical (dental) scans in real time. Sounds cool to me.

Google recently announced it will attempt to provide a select group of US communities with internet access at an unprecedentedly high rate of 1 gigabit per second – between 100 and 1000 times greater than whats available in most countries. Its 10 times faster than homes receive in the online gaming haven of South Korea – where they plan to have gigabit delivery in 2012.But although the Googlers are sure that such a speed boost is A Good Thing, even product managers Minnie Ingersoll and James Kelly admit they dont know what people will do with such capacity.What suggestions they do have are a little uninspiring. Would users, they ask, stream 3D medical scans to distant doctors for second opinions? Or watch lectures in 3D while simultaneously collaborating with classmates?

via Innovation: Who wants ultra-fast broadband? – tech – 22 February 2010 – New Scientist.

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