Note to future self
Imagine your Future Self, going about your disease-free, chemically-enhanced life in 2015. Yes, you have a jetpack and yes, you own a robot, but the key question is how much bandwidth will you need to watch your IPTV, browse your favorite Web 4.0 sites, download your (legal) P2P content, and video conference with your robotophobic mother-in-law? And will it be available?
A new report (PDF) out from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) suggests that your Future Self will need a 50Mbps download link in the next decade, and it surveys the worldwide race to get there that's raging between fiber to the home, VDSL, and DOCSIS 3.0 cable systems. In one important sense, though, fiber has already won.