Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Googlebit to the home

Here I am in Amsterdam spending the day with people involved in the FTTH open network space, and lo and behold, the big G weighs in with a helpful bit of ammo to throw at the asymmetric services Taliban.

"We want to see what developers and users can do with ultra high-speeds, whether it's creating new bandwidth-intensive "killer apps" and services, or other uses we can't yet imagine."

The emphasis on the last bit is mine, and for obvious reasons. This is something which we were trying to stress here, in drawing a parallel with the decision to extend the power grid to all. That decision wasn't taken with perfect knowledge of what the benefits or ripple effects would be, and I suspect we have no greater insight into where developments like this will lead.

But rest assured that, with Google now wading in, telco paranoia readings will rise to DEFCON 1, which should provide great comedy value for months to come. Just when I thought broadband was getting dull...

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