• Leveraging next-gen network technologies, service providers implement order-of-magnitude symmetrical increases in both fixed and mobile bandwidth. 

  • Unforeseen applications and application categories begin to appear that exploit the rapid profusion of bandwidth, especially in the previously neglected upstream.  

  • A new application environment emerges, and the commonly held conception of the internet as a one-to-many delivery medium gives way to a far broader understanding informed by the original promise of ARPANET as a many-to-many communications medium.

  • Roles of data producers and data consumers are blurred, and the now-dominant active/passive framework gradually gives way to the concept of node equality.

  • Facilitating data and information exchange---between and among individuals, businesses, institutions, governments, and THINGS---comes to be viewed as the internet’s highest purpose.       

  • Network architecture is re-engineered (e.g., P2P CDNs) to accommodate the rise in retail (i.e., non-MEE, non-enterprise) data production.


RESULT:   A virtuous circle detonates another explosion of entrepreneurship, giving rise to new business models driven by...


  • Accelerated obsolescence of geography as VR/AVR, reduced latency, and remote sensory technologies including haptics enable the development of long-distance multi-participant presence applications (e.g., tele-surgery, skills training). 

  • Extension of IoT to higher bandwidth and lower latency use cases 

  • Opportunities enabled by blockchain for Napster-style P2P, but without impediments related to payments/rights  ,

  • Fundamental re-imagining of economic choice  for buyers, sellers, renters, sharers, and makers of both tangibles and non-tangibles, especially including remote tele-presence services (e.g., surgery, skills training, etc.)