Monday, April 25, 2016

More Americans depend entirely on wireless and mobile for their online experience, dispensing with cable and even PC's


Americans are gradually abandoning wired Internet, according to a major story in the Washington Post by Brian Fung today, Monday, April 25, 2016, p. A12
 
One of the biggest reasons is cost.  Another is vulnerability.  Hardwired connections are more vulnerable to disruption due to storms or other incidents in an area.  But generally mobile connections have data limits, even though speeds are rapidly improving. Another problem is that some of the best plans (as far as possible unlimited data is concerned) apply in limited geographical areas or require several devices.

I still think the telecomm industry needs more incentive to do something about this problem.

But the article seems to suggest that more customers are satisfied to limit most of their experience to mobile devices, rather than PC’s, which are not always adequate for production and consumption of more complex content (although we’re seeing people read more books on tablets as well as Kindles). A mobile screen is not as effective for video as a large home plasma TV or even a large PC monitor.

Quentin Hardy and Mike Isaac have a New York Times article Monday April 25, 2016, p. B1, “Facebook’s plan for cheap, Global access” which will put pressure on hardware manufacturers to serve customers in developing countries.

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