SHEFFIELD, England, February 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –
Plusnet, the home phone and broadband specialist, has published a new report revealing that the Internet will become ubiquitous in many people’s lives, transforming the way people shop, eat and run their homes.
The award-winning super-fast broadband provider renowned for bringing value to its customers, commissioned the research to celebrate its 15th birthday. The detailed research, which was conducted by globally renowned futurist think tank, Centre for Future Studies, shows that the internet of 15 years’ time will become the Internet of services.
Written by a team headed by Dr. Frank Shaw, who has been described by Time Magazine as one of the 10 most influential thinkers in the world, the report unveils that the internet will include everything from smart appliances that talk to each other to clothes that monitor health; from cars that can’t crash to mobile technologies and cloud platforms that run businesses.
However these benefits will not be felt by all of society. There are currently still 8.43 million adults in the UK who have never used the Internet and it is estimated that digitally challenged households face £560* of extra costs per year as a result of missing out on online discounts and opportunities.
With people already using the internet for activities including shopping, banking, study, job application and government services, the availability and affordable pricing of broadband will be crucial in terms of household finances and also social mobility.
Plusnet is a U.K. broadband provider, more info can be found on the Plusnet website http://www.plus.net .