And without Fair Usage Policies (FUP). FUP is a bastardized concept designed to make you squirm and feel miserable. Imagine having 4-8 mbps plans and using it to check the frigging emails and chatting. (The most hated thing about Indian Broadband)
We as a united front (this blog and the associated forum) are fighting on basis of net neutrality also because I very strongly feel that till the time we have an unfettered access and relief from the telecom companies, the future is going to be very bleak.
What the F you can do with superfast speeds? Let me quote few examples taken from here.
As per Google’s released statement, “Imagine sitting in a rural health clinic, streaming three-dimensional medical imaging over the Web and discussing a unique condition with a specialist in New York,” its statement said. “Or downloading a high-definition, full-length feature film in less than five minutes. Or collaborating with classmates around the world, while watching live 3-D video of a university lecture.
This is just the tip of iceberg. The potential is huge and immense; this is for one simple reason that we would be stuck in the innovation gap.
For me, as a doctor, translational research matters the most. I strongly feel that continuous innovation and access to technology and knowledge resources would immensely benefit my hapless patients. At the same time, if I am not on the learning curve by pooling in the best practises, my patients would suffer in terms of antiquated knowledge and practises. Hence it is imperative that I get access to a real fast affordable broadband so that I can access the world’s resources and implement them.
At the same time, I feel pissed that telecom companies are the biggest stumbling block for this. Initiatives elsewhere are being planned but the test case here is US. The major reason is that the powers that be realize that there is a huge gap. Secondly, the mainstream press is hugely vocal about it. What we get here is this. Still, in terms of coverage, this is by far, the largest coverage in recent times!!!
Screw them….and be heard!