Yesterday Arstechnica published an article on the lack of competition in the 100Mbps bandwidth area. This article doesn’t surprise me, but it does disappoint me. It seems to me at least that no ISP is aware of the growing threat to their business.
What I mean by this is that while there is currently a “broadband” industry, in a world not so far into the future that industry will at some point cease to exist. I predict that at some point in the next fifteen to twenty years, a disruptive point to point technology will emerge in the form of wireless connections that will usurp any single entities control over “bandwidth” or “access” to the internet.
Let me explain why I think this will happen. A few years ago an app was made called FireChat. The moment I opened the app, I knew it was going to change the way the internet works. It wasn’t the app, the company or even the experience of the app that impressed me. In fact it’s actually a rather sub-par messaging app. But the technology blew me away, I didn’t need to connect to my WIFI network or my data. It used my phone’s WIFI/Bluetooth signal to create a wireless mesh network that basically link my phone to any other user of the app. Now wireless mesh networks have been around a while so what makes this app any different?
The implementation, it just works and for most people that’s all that matters. Imagine a world where you don’t connect to Verizon or AT&T but to a global mesh network.
There are a litany of issues with this kind of network, the foremost being trust in such a large routing table. But with the advent of block chain being on the rise, the day where we pay for a device and not internet may not be that far off.