Between now and the demise of the human race (when the universe ends, if not before), will there ever be a time when there is no system with the following characteristics:
- Capability to transmit data to most parts of the world with significant human populations.
- Affordability for almost anyone with a moderate income in a moderately rich state.
- Accessible by most members of relatively free societies.
Basically, it should allow someone in a major populated area of North America to communicate in real time with someone in Asia, as well as transmit data.
Personally, I think something akin to the internet will exist from now on. Even in a future with harshly constrained resources or radically shifted geopolitics, it seems like the kind of thing that is too valuable to give up, especially given the relatively modest costs associated with maintaining it.