As the take up of internet broadband services continues to rise I wonder what the future will look like.This is an interesting scenario by Dakach CompHobby.org
"I also believe in this new webscape the death of dialup is only a matter of time. The future packages could perhaps be defined this way, basic half speed broadband for $39.95 or unlimited full speed broadband for $59.95 plus additional services at about $5.95 per month for each service selected. Sort of like cable tv works. First the ISPs would have to kill off P2P though and tiered product offerings would be a way to try and accomplish this."
This is probably on the money. Still, broadband is dammed expensive for households at the moment.The above prices are US $. The figures I've seen are similar but in Australian $. The high cost is due to a monopoly telecom acting like a robber baron in the marketplace.
To invest the money per month we need some idea of what the Internet is about within the newly-forming information or network society. This offering from Doc Searls and David Weinberger has lots of ideas. The text is a number of theses with a brief commentary about what the Internet is and How to Stop Mistaking It for Something Else. In a nutshell they are saying:
"1. The Internet isn't complicated
2. The Internet isn't a thing. It's an agreement.
3. The Internet is stupid.
4. Adding value to the Internet lowers its value.
5. All the Internet's value grows on its edges.
6. Money moves to the suburbs.
7. The end of the world? Nah, the world of ends.
8. The Internet’s three virtues:
a. No one owns it
b. Everyone can use it
c. Anyone can improve it
9. If the Internet is so simple, why have so many been so boneheaded about it?
10. Some mistakes we can stop making already."
Lots to engage with here. For a response to it, see EmptyBottle.org. Its a thoughtful, ribbing response.
I find it a bit too technology orientated. Searles and Weinberger are freewheeling entrepreneurs with a libertarian perspective and do not engage with the network as a cultural framing, a kind of writing and various practices of interpretation.
This cyberculture perspective is important at a time when the techno-sciences have taken hold and displaced the humanities in the corporate university; and the cultural framing traditionally performed by the universities has been displaced by the deregulated market. Can we think of cyberculture being contra the freewheeling market?