It’s been interesting to watch the competition of phrases to describe ‘those kids’ today. Reading the NYT, it appears as though the Millenials is winning out as the named successor to Generation Y. I was kind of rooting for Net-Gen, but at least it beats the MySpace Generation with its NewsCorp connotations.
It will be interesting to see how this blogging, pirating, video gaming, always online, chatting, and texting community changes the world as they grow up.
Apparently, Verizon is laying FIOS fiber down in Newton, MA which is just a few miles from where I live. Their cheapest package is 5 Mbits for $35/mo and it goes up to 30 Mbits for $180/mo (downstream).
Yahoo! just announced that they want to get in on the FIOS action, and establish themselves as the first truly broadband content provider. However, their offering doesn’t sound very impressive. You get access to music videos and streaming music, and 11 email accounts with 2GB storage each and 100 MB of ‘e-file storage’, which wouldn’t suffice for online storage if you’re pushing FIOS-sized files up and down.
Meanwhile, Blinkx has been building out a truly innovative broadband video portal. I think they’ve got the best video interface out there, it allows you to mouse-over a video thumbnail to watch the video. The latency from mouse-over to video streaming isn’t great with my up-to-3-Mbits Comcast cable modem, but it’s still a great service. And if only I had FIOS.
While an interesting idea, Yahoo!’s new Yahoo! Go service is too early. The premise is an ubiquitous platform across the PC, TV, and mobile.
Yahoo! Go allows you to access the information and content that is important to you on whatever device you choose.
The TV and PC portions don’t exist yet (‘coming soon’). And the mobile portion of the strategy is unworkable in the current carrier environment. The service only runs on Nokia’s on Cingular and it has hefty system requirements of 2 MB internal memory and 8 MB on a separate memory card. (It’s interesting how Nokia has taken the leadership for ‘open’ phones in the US, no doubt to counteract the low-end segment in which they’ve been pigeonholed.)
For more info, Mike Rowehl is blogging about it.
Eventually, all the major portals will offer interactive clients on the phone, but not until things open up a bit more.
Local governments and Wi-Fi don’t seem to mix well. Having watch the Philadelphia muni wi-fi controversy at a close distance, it’s interesting to see my new city of Boston facing a related battle.
As the cost of the infrastructure falls, consumers should pay less. There’s no reason I should have to pay $8 to log on for 5 minutes to check my email in the airport.
Hopefully Verizon will soon provide better EV-DO service in Boston (which is currently not great compared to Philly), and increase the competitive pressures for wireless broadband costs to fall.