Wednesday, July 13, 2005

100% broadband in VT by 2010

As reported by Om Malik of Business 2.0 fame and from the Times Argus article, a newspaper from Montpelier, VT.

As i commented in Om's blog.
It is interesting they say this is their goal when a high percentage of the state does not have access to cable TV, telephone and some are even off the electricity grid. In highly populated places such as right outside Burlington (the largest city in the state) do not have easy access to broadband, and going a few miles farther there are towns that are completely off the grid or with no access to cable tv but only dish service. It is definitely going to be a challenge to make brodaband available to that extra 25%.

Personally I dont have a good experience with my broadband service and hope that this initiative gets rolling and pushes the Adelphia and Verizon to rpovide a better service. Right now although my speeds are pretty decent I have to deal with hiccups almost daily; and though it doesnt seem a big deal it is a problem if i want to have a file server at home or just connect to a home machine using a gotomypc-like service.

I wonder, what are the goals nationwide or for similar sized states around the nation, anyone?

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

.mobi gets approved

I read this news off my agregator from different sources such as Russell's blog, Gizmodo, and Engadget. I just wanted to quickly go over what i think its going to happen.

Some experts say that the approval fot his TLD (Top Level Domain) will increase participation and spur innovation in the mobile web field. Sites will now be specific to the mobile web, formatted accordingly with content and services that are relevant to the mobile user. Carriers and MVNOs will be all over the place creating sites specific to their customers and will allow independent software companies to also target this highly wanted demographic. Why is it so highly wanted? Because at this time in the US only few people are able to afford phones that are enabled for the web, and also few users do actaully use the mobile web capabilities and services curent on offer. These people that are at the top of the technology wave are big spenders, they have no problem spending money on new gadgets and new services that improves their lifestyle and increases their ROI on their current gadgets. Everyone wants to market this group of people and as they do and the market increases, the market will be growing right along; perhaps making hardware more accessible and lowering the cost of getting involved in the mobile web.
Now, this is what everyone thinks the future will be and i couldnt agree more; however i dont agree with the need of a TLD to be able to accomplish this.

In think all that has been sai is great and agre 100% but i really dislike the idea of a alternative web only for mobile users. First i think that the beauty of the web and the beauty of mobile gadgets is that i can access every piece of information available from wherever i am. Creating an alternative or mobile only web will generate difficulties for content providers in the www, now they will have to maintain 2 sites with the same data so its accessible from anywhere. I fear .mobi sites will format their content to work on mobile browsers and will become unusable for pc users; furthermore i fear that because of this trend, new mobile browsers will stop supporting regular site formats.

Finally, i think the development of the mobile web depends on how many people are inclined into actually using .mobi for their business, we know this idea has already failed in different fields such as .tv, .biz, and the new .xxx does not seem to have much force either. I interested to see how this develops; i am not 100 % against it but i am just afraid of the consequences. Hopefully i am wrong and we can have a great network of information at our fingertips without having to compromise or lose some of the accesibility we already have.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Yahoo! Mobile

So i was reading Russell's blog as always and he had an update on Yahoo! Mobile.
I agree with him, i think the evolution of SMS will be as a conduct to share information with others. SMS is not the best or easiest way to communicate with others, it can actually be quite cumbersome. T9 makes it quite easy but not every phone has it and similar entry software is not the same, i have iTap on my phone and i dont even attempt to use it cause it is easier for me to spell out the whole word.
SMS will be just a way to pass links to each other and point to information on the mobile web, with the level of acceptance and use increasing so quickly in the states i think it is prime time for applications like Yahoo! Mobile to provide this service.
Now i havent given this much thought and i can imagine there would be all kinds of security concerns but i think it would be cool to be able to send SMS messages that when read offered an action type and it could open an application in our phone and show us what the sender wanted us to see or something along those lines. I dont know something along those lines? what do you think? does it make any sense at all? I should probably think a little more about this or i risk looking like a total idiot but last time i checked my stats there arent many people reading anyways. :) Oh Russell if you do come back drop me a comment, me gustaria conversar contigo; me encanta leer tu blog y creo que tus ideas son muy buenas; practicamente esa es la razon por la que inicie este blog. Gracias!.
Now how bout this idea, grow a SMS like system that provides these links and after a while we could grow a PageRank kind of system in the mobile web just like we do in the web. Then we could search what other people are sharing and talking about across the mobile web, how would that work? I can imagine there are privacy issues and it would eventually degrade to where we will find advertisements in our sms messages but it could be a viable way to encourage development.
So what do you think? are these ideas way out on left field?