I took this picture in Liverpool (UK) back in 2006 while I was hired to assist a Swiss Television crew shooting a documentary on the Echelon’s station at RAF Menwith Hill base.
This British Telecom Internet Booth is interesting because of the assumptions that backed its existence:
- there is no (or not enough) Internet@home,
- people need Internet access everywhere,
- non-Internet user must be given a familiar, friendly place to access the network.
A possibly more interesting thing that can be inferred from this Internet Booth is what BT thought people would love to access while on the move: music.
It looks like BT was ahead of times, having rightly understood a thing or two about people need.
Unfortunately, mobility, bandwidth, technology, copyright and business strategies of the ICT/Entertainment sectors were still in the past.