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Tragedy of Internet Commons


By George Mattathil – The logical structure of the conflicting area is shown in Internet Commons Architecture. The conflict arises due to the multiplicity of ownership, and lack of commonly accepted sustainable practices.

Unlike the medieval grasslands, different parts of the Internet Commons are owned by different parties. The Internet Commons Architecture is one instance of a simplified logical representation of connections in a data center that is shared. more> http://wp.me/p4erPG-4i

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Broadband Regulations Should Heed the Lessons from the Dynamic Technology Industry


English: Availability of 4 Mbps-Capable Broadb...

English: Availability of 4 Mbps-Capable Broadband Networks in the United States by County
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By Wayne Winegarden – Critics of the broadband industry consistently under-appreciate the benefits generated from these new and different types of competitors, viewing the market from the silos of the past. They also under-appreciate how technologies that are unimaginable today can change the entire industry’s dynamic tomorrow.

The technological landscape will be continually evolving at an increasing pace. Antiquated regulatory structures, like those applied to Ma Bell, will lock-down the U.S. broadband industry and push the U.S. technology sector, a current global leader, toward becoming a global laggard.

The best path forward is a regulatory structure that recognizes the true nature of competition in the broadband ecosystem. more> http://tinyurl.com/nc88nec

Vowing ‘new day,’ U.S. telecom chief kicks off review of FCC


By Alina Selyukh – “As networks change, those charged with the responsibility of overseeing those networks must also evolve,” FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said in the speech that was later posted as a blog titled “A New Day at the FCC: Perspectives, Challenges, and Opportunities.”

In a surprise move, Wheeler on Monday (Nov 04) tapped an outspoken critic of the agency and longtime public interest advocate Gigi Sohn to be his special counsel for external affairs. more> http://tinyurl.com/p69hbt3

AT&T, Verizon execs cite ‘chilling’ effect of murky TDM-to-IP transition regs


By Sean Buckley – “In 2009, the FCC set some very ambitious objectives, one of which was a complete shutdown of the TDM architecture and merge to IP by 2017,” said James W. Cicconi, senior executive vice president of external and legislative affairs for AT&T. “We’re here in 2013 and not a single thing that I can discern has been done to advance that objective.”

The FCC aims to shut down the TDM network by 2017. But AT&T, for one, previously announced it plans to turn off its TDM network by 2020. more> http://tinyurl.com/l7kuyx9

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Why Broadband Consumers Are The Likely Winners In Verizon v. FCC


By Bret Swanson – YouTube and Netflix may, between them, consume more than 50% of last mile network capacity during peak hours of the day. These services not only demand lots of raw capacity but also — because it is maddening to watch glitchy, halting videos — require low latency and jitter. In other words, they do not tolerate delayed delivery of data packets. This strains the network.

And this is the rub. The net neutrality rules, as written, shift 100% of the cost of last mile bandwidth to consumers. The rules bar commercial relationships between the broadband service providers and the online content companies, in effect mandating a zero price. For the content companies, it is a regulatory subsidy. For consumers, it’s potentially a bad deal. more> http://tinyurl.com/knx6nc4

Updates on the web


Stagnant Legacy Network Systems Technology
By George Mattathil – One after effect of the Telecom Meltdown associated with the dot-com bubble was the dissolution of Nortel and Lucent as the legacy network infrastructure providers. The result is stagnant legacy network systems technology, which cannot be easily replaced, for more than a decade. more> http://t.co/vuwy3lB4jd

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What Verizon’s Net Neutrality Challenge Is Really About


By Larry DownesNet neutrality is not an engineering term, but a political term, and as such, nearly impossible to define. Much of the anxiety reflected in reporting about the order and Monday’s argument is anxiety about just what is at stake, which has proven impossible to explain rationally to consumers and journalists alike.

Indeed, many advocates for (and some against) the FCC’s rulemaking have intentionally fomented confusion. Their true objectives lie far beyond obscure features of Internet engineering; net neutrality for them is only a side show. more> http://tinyurl.com/nty79a9

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