When most people were able to afford broadband, I made the prediction, with Say’s Law in mind, that instead of existing webpages loading virtually instantaneously, most websites would become so loaded with goodies, rhinestones and junk that eventually a webpage in the broadband era would load just as slowly as a “Web 1.0″ page did during the dial-up era.
Can I call ‘em, or can I call ‘em?
Google is rolling out gigabit fiber in Kansas City. Eventually, most people in most places will soon be able to get a gigabit tier. The same thing will happen again. People who assemble and maintain webpages will find some way to fill the bigger pipe with junk, especially in an attempt to monetize their sites.
Supply creates its own demand.
Especially happy are the firms that manufacture and sell 802.11ac WiFi hardware, which is just now starting to roll out. The top theoretical speed of 802.11n is 600 mbps, practically far less, and all those numbers are under a gigabit.
As an aside, even if you now have a gigabit pipe coming into your house, or a pipe whose speeds exceed N, wait on buying an AC router. AD is coming out soon after AC, and for awhile, some AC stuff won’t be compatible with AD, and vice versa. Too, both AC and AD will be immature and their specifications not final for awhile. Wait until both AC and AD are final, and there is enough A/B/G/N/AC/AD combo hardware, and that the hardware is mature. However, if your incoming pipe is over 100 mbps, make sure both your router and your computer’s ethernet can handle gigabit wired, because a lot of routers and on-motherboard ethernet cards still don’t.