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With Mark Zuckerberg pushing out the internet as far as he can to bring more people into having the ability to access it, we are experiencing a significant increase in the number of users we encounter. This is both important and nearly crisis-inducing. The infrastructure we have made and rely on slowly buckles under the new additional weight. Telecommunications companies struggle as it is to gradually upgrade their networks as competition and standards climb.
Several countries, like that of South Korea, have announced in recent times their initiatives to dramatically increase their network speeds and bandwidth. The main goal of their recent initiative is to raise their speeds by up to 1000x what it is now, bringing it into the double digits of Gb/s. Even the smallest and poorest households tend to have several dozen Mb/s of speed.
Compared to the US, where are still packages less than an Mb/s, this dramatically increases infrastructure. This is being sought to change by the FCC as they aim to bring speeds around 100 Mb/s to be a standard around the US. On the current infrastructure that we have, though, this is hard to accomplish as the system can only handle so much speed.
Led by Google, there are some programs in operation to bring fiber optic cabling to the US. Still, the process is painstakingly slow and only being offered at the moment in certain cities and areas. To make the point even more surprising, several accounts from Korean entrepreneurs bring products and services over from Korea that show how different our infrastructure is.
With no need to optimize for speed or service, Korean app makers and web designers go overboard with their designs to catch attention. From outdated (Compared to US styles) design and function in websites to the cluttered mess, apps seem to Americans, ports, and views of different Korean novelties can be confusing at best. As a few other articles have helped clarify, different places can evolve and grow based on their circumstances.
Americans have changed and grown to be simplistic and minimalistic to deal with our flawed system. On the other hand, Koreans have had a better system that has not forced them to change or grow different from what they are used to.
With a growing market that is moving more and more towards being based solely on the internet, it can make quite a difference when there is an increase in speed. While some companies like Yahoo seek to consolidate their workforce in a central location, others seem happier spreading their force to different areas, even sometimes overseas. A widespread workforce can tap into a wide range of cultural pools.
There is talent in many places, so looking for too much in one area can hold back a company. On the other hand, this too can be held back when there are hurdles like that of the information speed I mentioned. By seeking to upgrade and advance the infrastructure that we are currently invested in, we help pave a better road for tomorrow. A road that actively helps us instead of hindering the progress we so vehemently seek.
While this may seem like a call to make ourselves good enough for those coming to the US to enjoy, it is different than that. It is a call to keep ourselves on par with those who are becoming industry leaders. After all, who likes falling behind?
Written by Gavin Bluthe / June 12, 2015