The Economist on the forthcoming rise in use of the 60-gigahertz band for wireless connections:
What about that old network fixture, the Ethernet cable? Though typically used for transferring files around local-area networks at a humble one gigabit a second, Ethernet has the potential to go 100 times faster than that. As such, it is probably safe from 60-gigahertz streaming for the time being. Though once 60-gigahertz radio chips start being incorporated in smartphones, tablets and laptops, hard-wired connections of all sorts will be threatened with extinction.
I cannot wait for this (not-too-distant) future.
This clearly won’t happen anytime soon, but I do expect it to happen eventually. The carriers have too much control — over Android, in particular. That’s Google’s own fault, but now it’s time to think outside the box. So you either acquire a wireless service (though Google’s increasingly hostile situation with antitrust regulators probably rules that out), build your own, or threaten to build your own…
This article by Stacey Higginbotham is at least 1,500 words too many. Only three words are really needed:
They’re greedy bastards.
But perhaps that’s even too many words since the above statement is implied by the fact that Verizon is a U.S. carrier.
It’s been hard on them. They can’t support the crazy growth. Whine whine whine. They’re making more money than ever. As Higginbotham rightly notes, it’s all about demand. They’re doing it because people will pay. They’re doing it because they’re greedy bastards.