I was reading something yesterday about how America needed a strong Fiber Optic Network policy.
That sounds so very cool and I really would like to have Fiber Optic Internet and the speeds it promises but… Fiber is an upgrade to what we have… it’s not the answer. I’m thinking we need more connectivity and multi-homed routing within our homes, schools, shops, and offices.
My vision is Internet connectivity via the power lines that serve any building that is ‘on the grid’. If you have commercial power and an appropriate router then you’ll have the basic Internet. You’ll have a static IPV6 internet address. It might not be fast but it would be available normally.
I’m also thinking DSL should be available wherever someone would want a telephone on the ‘POTS’ system… the regular dialup system supplanted by DSL. With that power line router now being multihomed with both the powerline and the DSL connection.
So, a home or office would have a basic power line Internet connection and, if they wanted a phone, they would have a faster, multihomed Internet connection making use of that powerline Internet and the phone line’s DSL service.
I’m thinking the power company would provide the Internet connection for free to any consumer who has an account in good standing. The router would be leased for a very low fee and possibly provided for anyone with a student of any sort for free. There could be upgraded routers and plans to create a secondary business for the power company or their designated subsidiary or contractor(s).
Those people opting for a DSL service would then return the power company’s router and make use of the phone companies router with a supplementary powerline connection. (You need power for the router anyway, so adding a simple Powerline Internet interface to the DSL router shouldn’t be that difficult.
A further option would be the use of any cellular bandwidth available when the cell subscriber is home… The cell phone(s) would be placed in a charging cradle that would multi-home the cell phone’s internet connectivity with the power company’s and/or the DSL router(s).
A hierarchal system of connectivity payments would then pay the power company a small fee for providing the lowest level of internet service where the basic Internet connection resides.
The next level above cellular would be the cable router for those people who opted for a cable company service. That router would replace any powerline, cellular, or DSL router. A system of trickle down payments would compensate the lower level providers for the enhanced services and bandwidth they might offer.
So how would it work? You’d fire up your PC and immediately have the Internet via the powerline connection. That would be a basic level service which could actually be fine for most users.
Next level would be that DSL service if the subscriber opted for a landline.
Next up would be the ‘cradled’ cell phone connections sitting in the charging/docking routers.
After that might be the broadband cable modem… There’s then that fiber Optic service and any other technologies.