Roadtrips, Freeways and Gigabit Internet



We recently took a road trip down to Orlando from Atlanta. Usually a 6 hour ride, it took us almost 8. We stopped once – thankfully. My 18 month old daughter was actually quite well behaved. A handy tip we got from friends on traveling with kids was to leave at 5am. She gave us more than 4 hours of sleep once we were on the road.

After riding the Nairobi to Mombasa highway in Kenya, I always appreciate the drama free ride on American freeways. My colleagues may beg to differ saying the roads in Kenya feel more intimate and scenic. Personally I think the intense pandemonium of crazy driving and crazier drivers gives one a high I’d much rather not have. I should use a heart rate monitor on those roads one day. Interestingly, at the dawn of the US highway network many argued that freeways spoiled the scenery, or that they made it difficult to conveniently pull over and checkout a landmark or buy something on the side of the road. This assertion seriously overlooks many benefits of the open freeway. So many fast food restaurants, motels and countless other business in various industries would not exist without the freeway. The supply chain efficiency that created Amazon Prime would probably not exist. Also, what would we do without Waffle House?

The same idea could be applied to gigabit internet. Many (including AT&T and Comcast) argue that consumers have no need for such speeds and it would probably be costly wasted bandwidth. I could argue that these same speeds give me an intimate relationship with some websites that I’d rather avoid and whiz through. Seriously though, try and imagine the impact of these speeds in medicine, virtual reality, 3D printing, artificial intelligence, etc. The list goes on. In fact I think that gigabit internet internet will open new frontiers we haven’t been able to imagine yet. Maybe a virtual Waffle House? I jest.