Financial firm Morgan Stanley has released a mammoth 400 + page report on the future of smartphones and mobile Internet. Telephony digs through the numbers:
Among the highlights: Mobile IP traffic will grow 66 times by 2013, a 130% compound annual growth rate. The report also found that smartphones will out-ship the global netbook and notebook market by 2010 and the overall global PC market by 2013. Morgan Stanley said it expects Apple to continue to change how consumers use their devices, driving them toward data and away from voice. The iPhone and iPod Touch still only represent a small chunk of global smartphone use — about 17%, but they are already responsible for 65% of all mobile Internet use.
Vice President Biden is in Georgia today, where he’s expected to announce that $182 million in broadband grants from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will be awarded to 18 projects.
While this is a great step toward the goal of nationwide broadband access, much more needs to be done — and soon. As GigaOm points out, this latest batch of grants will mean only 3% of the broadband stimulus has been allocated, with less than a year to go until the process is scheduled to be completed.
Apple’s iTunes marketplace revolutionized the music industry. And now, as the New York Times reports, the company may be sparking another revolution:
With its deal this month to buy the Web music service Lala, Apple may be pointing the way to the future of music.
In this future, the digital music files on people’s computers could join vinyl records, cassette tapes and CDs in the dusty vault of fading music formats.
Instead, music fans will use their always-online computers and smartphones to visit a vast Internet jukebox, where Gregorian chants, Lady Gaga tracks and the several centuries of music in between are instantly available.
Over at App-Rising, Geoff Daily has a smart piece on the need for smart networks and net neutrality:
While I don’t disagree with the notion that we need to be encouraging the deployment of more open bandwidth, I don’t understand why we’d want to prevent innovation from happening within the network, why we’d rule out the possible benefits of smart networks over stupid networks. Why can’t there be a fast lane created for performance-sensitive applications that was open to everyone equally?
Don’t get me wrong, the advent of smart networks raises a host of questions about fairness, privacy, competition, and beyond. But I’ve come to think that this militant attitude towards opposing smart networks is actually the Achilles’ heel of the net neutrality movement.
I just don’t think its credible to suggest that we should be preventing innovation from happening anywhere on the Internet. I’m not even sure we can say that innovation at the edge is more important than innovation in the network. The point is that we shouldn’t be limiting ourselves.
So far, efforts to put together a national broadband plan have mainly focused on bringing access to every home in America. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation worries that this risks leaving institutions in dire need of access behind. From Ars Technica:
The foundation tied to the Microsoft fortune has told the Federal Communications Commission that the government should spend more money on high-speed Internet upgrades for public libraries and schools. The FCC should make it easier to apply, too.
“A growing number of schools and public libraries cannot afford connectivity upgrades because of the inability to pay for one-time only installation, equipment and transport costs,” the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation warned the Commission on Wednesday. No big surprise that Gates is active in this area. Microsoft’s general focus when it comes to broadband stimulus questions is that resources should go to “anchor institutions”—libraries, schools, and hospitals.
The New York Times points to a new study that finds a whopping 87% of people don’t want to pay for online content:
People don’t want to pay for online content, no matter where they are in the world: That’s the result of a new study conducted by the GfK Group based on interviews with 16,800 people in the U.S. and 16 European countries. Only 13 percent of all respondents around the globe said that they were willing to pay for online content, while 33 percent even said that they wanted everything for free, without ads.
News organizations and entertainment companies looking to spur revenue are facing a major uphill battle.
When it comes to online video, viewers expect a seamless experience — or sites pay the price. According to a recent study from Tubemogul (via NewTeeVee), over 81% of online video watchers click away immediately if the video they’re watching stutters or stalls.
Yesterday, FCC Commissioner Michael Copps delivered some strong words about broadband access for Native Americans. Reports Broadband Breakfast:
Telephone service penetration lags around 70 percent of Native American households, Copps said, calling the number “shockingly low.” But Copps was more concerned about the state of broadband data in Indian Country – or lack thereof. “[W]e don’t even begin to have reliable data on the status of Internet subscribership on tribal lands, because no one has bothered to collect it,” he said.
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