Media is moving away from discs and free-to-air to on-demand online streaming. 4K resolution video on a copper network as bad as ours simply won't happen. 100Mbps may sound great now, but split that between multiple people per property, and factor in the rapid increase in online media consumption, and that isn't so large anymore. Guarantee a baseline network speed and streaming services will become more feasible. The fact that people sit in front of TVs and watch what they're told to is insane in a world full of higher quality on-demand media.
Fibre is also more reliable and is not susceptible to flooded pits like copper is. The amount of times I've had to put off my research work because my Internet suddenly stops working is utter bullshit. Even when my connection is at its best the upload speeds are dismal. That means I can't backup my system offsite as often as I should be, even after moving to 100Mbps cable recently (uploads are 2.5Mbps).
Fast and reliable Internet should be a no brainer in any country, let alone a first world one. Let's not pretend we know what the future holds, and that we only need X amount of bandwidth. Build it and they will come. Even better, we
build it, and then reap the benefits globally.
Edited by .:Cyb3rGlitch:., 07 August 2013 - 05:43 PM.
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