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Old April 24th, 2008, 03:02 PM   #1
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I cant help but contemplate wher we will be in 20 years time
with this GRID business on the horizon.

Red Button Day is just around the corner.

Some companies are helping us out in a major way to be in a position to broadcast this amazing footage independantly once we have the speeds.
One company of the same namesake (makes me wonder if its cooincidence or more) are pushing the aquisition technology at the required pace.

What are peoples opinions here. How long will we realistically have to wait untill we have internet speeds 10000 times faster than now.
I cant imagine any time soon in my country.
But it really is exciting stuff, if only to play xbox live with 1000's of people at once.
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Old April 30th, 2008, 03:28 AM   #2
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It will be quite some time, especially I think in a geographically large country such as the USA, where I am located.

The article does point out that it requires fiber optic connections everywhere.
That really means everywhere, including to your home and even within it.

Have you installed fiber optic networking within your home? I bet not.
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Old April 30th, 2008, 05:27 AM   #3
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I don't think the lack of fiber optic connections is the biggest problem. My subdivision, built 11 years ago, has fiber optics layed down - and unused. I read some place that the intercontinental fiber optics main lines only work at a small fraction of their capacity.

The big thing in the lack of interest, or even worse, the opposition of internet providers to supply us with higher speeds; they simply want to squeeze the last penny out of the old, outdated technology before we force them to go to higher speed.

How would you otherwise explain that ISPs in the States still offer dialup when the Far East is on 50 Mbps internet?
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Old May 3rd, 2008, 01:18 PM   #4
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Just for now, Im going to look optimistically at this and not look for a problem. Instead I'm looking with amazement at the fact that someone, somewhere this June will be able to send information at 10000 times the speed we can now.

Doesn't this pluck a cord with anyone else here, or is it just me who is intrigued by a mechanism that can ultimately broadcast our full 4k footage with ease in realtime? Let alone involve thousands of people in the same online game.

I mean come on people. This is surely worth speculating about. When I look a this article it feels like someone is winding me up.
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