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First time commenter here. Interesting blog.

I'm skeptical about any sort vast increase in broadband speeds, at least for the near term. We've been at around 2Mbps for what seems like ages now. It only recently creeped up to 3-6Mbps. I don't notice a pattern or anything at all resembling Moore's Law (or its equivalent). It seems like the ISPs are quite content squeezing us for as much cash as possible for as few features as possible.



It has to do with generations of technology, with a staircase rate of progression. The Moore's Law progression happens at the MAN and WAN, not the last-mile to the home.

People had 56k modems for about 7 years, and the 5-6 Mbps that they (50 million broadband subscribers) have now is effectively a 100X jump. Until now, rapid growth in the number of new BB subscribers meant all metro bandwidth was consumed by new users subscribing. Now, the user pool is saturating, so new switching technology will yield bandwidth to existing users, rather than be spread to new users like before.

Verizon does currently offer 15 Mbps for $50/month, but to only 3 million households. As they expand to many more households, AND the bandwidths increase, competitors will have to respond with the same.

Just wait and see... 100 Mbps by 2010, for $40/month, for most parts of the US.


This is all great and so exciting! One of your previous articles about the trend line of 'earth-like planet' discovery technology was also fascinating.

What I want to know, is when will medical science advance to the level where wrinkle reversing, skin rejuvination, hair cloning, etc, etc become normal, accessible AND affordable to the masses?

I know that the prospects of a world where ppl can be 50 but look (and more importantly, FEEL) 20 are very complicated...even messy.

But I still am always curious about this topic, and how we will see it unfold in our lifetimes.

Sorry to bring a flavor of vanity to the blog :)



Very crudely, I think this will be possible in 20-25 years, so well within the time in which you can benefit from it. The market opportunity is literally trillions of dollars, which means many brilliant minds are working on it.

Go to the Biotechnology section and read the 'Are your prepared to live to be 100' article, in which there are other links.

Hair cloning is actually only 5 years away.


I'll take any improvement I can get. By the time the US reaches 100% coverage of super high speed broadband, there will be a whole new internet and way of communicating that will be powerful.

Ankur Dewani

( http://news.cnet.com/2100-1034_3-6237715.html ) and various articles covered in the past few months have all been focused around how Ineternet usage and bandwidth would be 50 times more than today and the content created then would jam the internet space.

Typically utilization of bandwidth and usage is directly proportional to the no.,quality & results of QUERIES that a user inputs from the moment he logs on. These queries can be as simple as searching, or as intense as uploading. At the end of it, its all about minimizing the no. of queries.

We are trying to research the potential ways of minimizing these queries by pre-defining most searched "keywords" & "categories".

By not entering any search query, or typing for searches you would be skipping multiple steps and help in saving energy and bandwidth.

If we all try and add to this pre-defined list of searches, we can help save far more energy, bandwidth and money.

Help us all move towards the green technology.

(currently in beta stage)


I've signed up to a 100Mbps broadband service in London today, if I even get 50Mbps I'll be seriously impressed :-)


Its 2012 and I still feel the US has barely scratched the surface in regards to its internet capabilities. Households are slowly adapting to the need of high speed internet.

Mini Shekhar

India has been topping the list of internet users in recent years. In it considering the requirement of unlimited data and high-speed internet in Kerala, Asianet Broadband connections are among the best to choose. From a personal experience comparatively from the internet connection quality found in other destinations, Asianet is quite better. Check out their website for more details here, http://asianetbroadband.in/.

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