Well, we’re not just yet, but our access to the internet will be dead by 2010 if the doom and gloom merchants are to be believed. We’ll be on a road to nowhere.
It would appear that whilst providers of content are working hard to make the public’s use of the internet a full-on experience and a one-stop-shop for all our needs – think iPlayer, MP3 downloads etc – the actual infrastructure upon which this is being built is decidedly shaky. GB does not have the broadband capability to match the ever-growing demand and when we all change to IPTV – well, don’t even go there.
The suggestion is that fibre to the home would be the answer but that would be a costly exercise and who would foot the bill?
This conjures up an interesting vision of a sudden reversal to life without the Internet. Where would we all be? No on-line shopping, no instant answers to questions, having to post letters and press releases (having to print them off too – not very green), the list is endless.
I am sure it will never come to that but it once again it is a case of “seemed like a good idea at the time” with anyone realising where it could all lead.