And this is exactly what we have to tackle!
As I already said in my commentary on independent mobility, we are very good at lifting ourselves up over the individual needs of others, and that is exactly what I do not want to do at all. But at least titillate a little, by claiming that the village of the future requires the fastest available broadband connections, and the most widely available and high-speed wifi. And free of charge ideally!
Anyone in the western world who, in the year 2020, still doesn't understand that Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs is ultimately based on fast internet access has either been deep sea diving for the last 20 years or simply has no interest in the fact that we are transforming from a service-based economy to a society based on information and knowledge.
If I take a train from Hanover or Hamburg to Berlin or from Stuttgart to Munich, I get the feeling that edge is the new offline. The mobile communications masts in rural regions don't offer much more, although the opposite seems to be the case in Southeast Asia. I had the please of visiting fishing villages in Indonesia's Komodo National Park that offered me 4G+ 120mbit downstream speeds. And this was more than four hours by boat from the nearest settlement.
And that is exactly what I would like to see in Germany. No, we don't need a mobile Gigabit network everywhere, but why aren't we connecting villages and small towns to the complete knowledge of humanity with fiber optic cables?
Why don't we do this to give young people and families the opportunity to combat the trend of people moving away from rural areas? Affordable living space, clean air, local recreation areas and a safe environment for children aren't bad arguments, don't you think?
Given the trend toward working from home (as well as the entitlement enshrined in some employment contracts), a high-speed network represents a unique opportunity to boost the appeal of rural areas, combat gentrification, and yes, also preserve a little tradition and culture.
Smart Cities are nice, but I want us to finally tackle the concept of the smart and connected village.
Our cities are already full enough!