A few days ago at Reddit, I read about net neutrality and its possible impact on the internet culture. A lot of people don’t know about net neutrality; there’s not a wide sense of awareness going on, and I hav a feeling that whenever such bill will be passed into the law, we’re going to end up regretting this.
On the same note, here’s an important question: with possible net neutrality issues and the advent of technology, how fast do you think that the U.S. is going to step into the new age of internet? If we talk about brands, or high profile websites, such as YouTube etc. are they going to be affected by net neutrality or other legislations?
Also, YouTube has been working on a new video related project that will stretch the videos over 25 foot screen without distorting the image. Of course, this giant video will literally devour the system resources and the internet bandwidth as well.
Do you think that American Bandwidth packages are going to be able to support those new technologies? Clearly the American network and telecom authorities have been caught up in a couple of disputes and their progress rate for coming up with resolution to these issues is even further behind Korea, Sweden and rest of the global internet leaders.
Regarding these obstacles in the context of net neutrality, policy makers are emphasizing that America needs better bandwidth based connections. Right now, the average download rate in America is 10Mbps, which raised legal questions about how the government subsidizes and regulates broadband. But then again, 10Mbps is not the “average” speed which every person in the United States gets, or is able to afford.
Affordability is another subject; I do know a couple of friends who get shittier download speed in the U.S.
Broadband Speed Estimates and Projections in Year 2020:
After a brief survey, it was found out that an average American subscriber is expecting his bandwidth to be around 200Mbps. Again, when I make mention of the term: “average”, it implies that schools, libraries and institutes will be running at a much higher bandwidth or relatively somewhere near 10Mbps – granted that they are not getting this much bandwidth/ speed already.
The year 2013 is about to end, and as U.S. is entering 2014; the internet broadband packages have seen some improvement. So if I talk about internet speed, net neutrality implications etc. by the beginning of 2020, we don’t have anything concrete to base our theories on.
Richard Bennett – an IT based research analyst said that we need to double our bandwidth speed and packages after every quarter. At this rate, by in the next 5 years, we’ll be in a much better position to meet the challenges of the new technological age.