The USA, in spite of wealth and ingenuity, is sadly lacking in technical excellence in IT. They have saddled themselves with the burden of supporting Wintel instead of innovating. Google and Kansas City have a joint project to change things. They are going to spawn gigabit/s Internet access. This is old hat in Japan and Sweden which have had gigabit/s for five years. I used gigabit/s at a German university about then. I have provided gigabit/s on every LAN I could in schools since then. It’s way cool.
For those who have not used gigabit, it’s like having a hard drive on a remote computer accessible as if it were local. 100+ MB/s transfer speeds change what you can do. Video is one example of how that speed can be used but software developers love to be able to shuffle whole virtual machines or repositories like they were e-mails. The possibilities expand. The ability to distribute processes to multiple sites where each process gets the hardware, personnel or data that is required is so much greater. This unleashes creativity. Instead of trying something tomorrow it can be done now.
“Now” is an important concept unfamiliar to users of that other OS. Having to “wait”, “please wait”, defrag, search or re-re-reboot just gets in the way of “now”. Gigabit Internet allows anyone on any small cheap computer to access information cached in the RAM of some server as if it were local. Please wear a helmet and goggles. The Internet is a different place with gigabit/s speed. You could fall off your chair or have your eyes dry up if you find no time to blink before a page flashes on the screen. Combined with fast browsers like Google’s Chrome, residents of Kansas CIty are in for a shock.