The ITU’s Broadband Commission has rejected the future of Stupid Networks. In its report, A 2010 Leadership Imperative: Towards a Future Built on Broadband, there is an important point made, under the heading of “Action Point 3: Using Transparent, Fair, Competitive, Technology-neutral Models”:
It should be recognized that intelligently-managed state-of-the-art broadband infrastructure is the prerequisite for future new content services and applications. Without such infrastructure, which needs to be financed adequately by the users and end-users (eg, customers and anyone offering services and applications over the Internet), there will be no possibility for sustainable growth in data and Internet usage.
But the ITU Broadband Commission’s report, delivered last weekend to the United Nations Millenium Development Goals project, has a different perspective. It says that:
Higher capacity access to the Internet provides a platform for a wider range of applications so it is implicit that investments in such capacity can benefit and reward innovative and creative ideas for applications. Those who invest in communications capacity are not necessarily those who may benefit from applications and services, so innovative mechanisms need to be found to ensure that broadband deployment is not stalled through lack of investment.
Different visions of the future. Your comments are welcome.