The holidays are over, giving way to innovations, mass buying sprees and the start of a new academic year. New adventures loom over the horizon. Or at least, one might almost believe it. But the passing months of summer had the financial crisis as a backdrop, reminding us that this is the year of austerity.
At a time when one typically buys a new briefcase, it pays to choose one’s supplies with care. The price of paper has shot up as much as crude oil, and the contents industries and media are not far behind: unlimited Internet will perhaps soon be but a memory, because there are already measures in place to restrict access.
The publication online of an internal document issued by the French telecoms federation raises numerous questions concerning the evolution of fixed rates, capacity and downloads. Particularly under scrutiny are the “greedy-Nets”, the 5 to 10% of consumers who use 80% of bandwidth because they spend their time downloading films, playing videos the whole time, spending the day on Facebook the with video enabled, or on YouTube and Dailymotion, as the executive president of the fft puts it. Elsewhere, a study has shown that internauts are beginning to tire of social networks. Which is something to be optimistic about. How will Internet and the tools serving the functioning and communication of our current media evolve?
No-one today can know Let us be objective and patient. Everything should turn out ok.