This year it has been fun to retest the edges of the Internet.
What I mean is “How easy is it to get on the Internet from various
In May I took a trip to the Philippines (Philippines Videos)
and was blown away at how easy it was to get Internet access
everywhere. There were cost-effective Internet Cafe’s all over
the place. I was there from the 21st to the 31st, and travelled
from Manila to Baguio, to Iloilo and Bacolod, and back to Manila.
Internet was everywhere. Cheap and plentiful.
I’m posting this from the coast of Cuba, on the way to Labadee, Haiti. I’m aboard the Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas,
and yes … there is Internet. In fact, I’m on Wifi sitting in a
lounge on the 14th deck looking out over the upper decks of the ship
toward the distant horizon. Somewhere out there is Haiti.
We’ll get there sometime tomorrow morning … I think.
Slowly but surely access to the Internet is reaching everywhere on
earth. Everywhere. It was interesting to see that even
cellular is reaching out … there is a Cingular cell onboard the ship
and so I have full strength cellular service and SMS text.
As technology continues to advance, wireless technologies improve, and
business models support it … the edges of the Internet are slowly
going away. It is inevitable that when something like the
Interent permeates the entire planet … there are no longer any edges
… it simply becomes something that is.