The U.S. Dept. of Commerce has released Digital Economy 2003, their fifth annual report on the US information technology industry. The report suggests that some of the dynamism that characterized IT during the period of 1996-2000 is starting to return after several years of sluggishness. I see several developments that are helping to drive this:
- Growth in wireless
- New develpments in the delivery of broadband services
- Broader understanding of web services and how they can be used to deliver innovative solutions
- More functionality in handheld computing devices, as well as lower costs
- It's time to replace many of the PCs that were purchased in 1999 prior to the Y2K rollover
- Increased focus on interoperability and enterprise solutions
Following FCC's notice of rulemaking associated with smart radios, I will try to get the subject on the UWIN governance board agenda so that we can begin to understand how the technology will affect our future network plans.