By Jim May
Hey, America, are we even we ready for this? A recent proposal by the FCC will make many of the stalwarts of American media-communications technologically obsolete within a decade. Telephone landlines providers, TV broadcasting, Hollywood theaters and cable television are just a few of the “old” technologies facing mammoth industry shakeups or possibly ruination.
The proposed FCC plan ambitiously reimagines our nation’s media and technology by establishing high speed Internet as the country’s dominant communication network. For me, this is like watching the symbols of the “old” technologies — Verizon buildings, Hollywood studios and 30 Rock itself — institutions that shaped our country’s culture in the 20th century – tumbling over Niagra Falls into the abyss.
Fewer than three years ago, the iPhone showed how much functionality “really small screen” devices can have combining cell phone-with-PC-camera-GPS. So in order to keep up, Apple’s competitors are designing next-gen products that will outperform even your current PC, the one that gives you movies live through wireless Internet now. Continue reading “High Fiber”: the first star of the really small screen era