The Broadband Speed Gap

Mark Cuban: “We will reach a point in the next few years where we are complaining about internet speed all the time.”

A useful cautionary note about how the Internet won’t replace TV any time soon. (Which, as Mark acknowledges, doesn’t mean it won’t affect the TV business significantly, or that video through the Internet won’t be a big deal.)

Though it’s not Mark’s point, reading the post made me even more concerned about how telephone companies will behave as they build out fiber networks. If they are over-promising their video capabilities, they are likely to (1) blame users and Web-based content providers for the problem, (2) argue to regulators that they need even more “incentives” to justify their investments, and (3) tilt their networks even more aggressively toward closed, proprietary services, and against Internet-based content and applications they don’t control.