What happens when everybody's "always on?"

IHT has a story about how the US has hit the watershed “majority broadband” point. US Leans to Broadband

As recently as six months ago, a majority of Americans were using dial-up connections at home. In the first quarter of this year, broadband connections for the first time overtook dial-up.

This is significant, I think, not just because of the types of services and speed that are available, which seems to be the focus of the article. But because of what might happen when a majority of people on the internet fundamentally change the way they connect to it, from a temporary “phone call” paradigm to a “permanent resident” paradigm.
There’s a big difference between dialing in to access something as a remote service and having it always there, always available. And it’s not like having cable TV always available — because that’s just broadcast content. The Internet is a place that’s always moving, always changing and evolving. A planet unto itself. Having a broadband feed means you’ve moved from being a frequent visitor to a neighborhood to having a lot and house on one of its thoroughfares.

Author: Andrew Hinton

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One thought on “What happens when everybody's "always on?"”

  1. What about “Always on” Blackberry’s?

    I have a blackberry and it has changed my life! For the better, not sure just yet? But there is something to be said for getting email over the air as apposed to “Polling” for it with a clunky mail app on your small phone’s screen. Blackberry phones are truly “always on” and once we all start using this technology, it will absolutely be a paradigm shift.

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