International futurist Jim Carroll thinks the cable industry should learn a big lesson from the music industry's fierce campaign against music downloads from the Internet. In a strong warning issued at the SCTE's Emerging Technologies conference in Tampa earlier today, Carroll urged cablers not to fight the same losing battle against new, innovative technologies.
'The music industry went to war with its customers and look where it got them,' Carroll said. 'Do you want to repeat that history? É The geeks will always win.'
In his keynote address to the conference, Carroll also asserted that consumer bandwidth demand is set to explode over the next few years as the children of Baby Boomers come of age. 'Everyone is focusing on 100 Mbps or 300 Mbps are being the key question for the year 2010,' he said. 'I think we should be thinking about yottabits and zetabits when it comes to capacity.'