[via Anish] Bob Frankston writes:
Just as ISDN pricing would have prevented us from discovering the web, todays Broadband pricing is preventing us from taking advantage of connectivity. We cant assume connectivity unless people subscribe at todays inflated prices now that the cable and telephone systems are identical we get no additional capacity from competition but we find ourselves paying for two infrastructures. Its even worse than having two local power grids the architecture of broadband systems fails to take advantage of the cost savings afforded by using a mesh architecture rather than a tree.
Broadband makes it difficult to think of connectivity as basic infrastructure. It locks bits into billing paths rather than allowing them to leak out to provide ubiquitous connectivity. It means cities not only cant take advantage of the cost savings that come from using a common infrastructure they find themselves building an additional infrastructure or even multiple for each purpose!
Broadband makes it seem as if the Internet were an expensive luxury out there instead of being a fundamental resource everywhere.