Tag Archives: Net evolution

Financialization in telecom


By George Mattathil – With all these things going on, one would think that there would be an earnest effort to find out what is wrong.

Instead, the preoccupation in the media and industry is with “net neutrality” confusion, which the FCC Chairman summed up: “the idea of net neutrality has been discussed for a decade with no lasting results.” more> http://wp.me/p4erPG-5j

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How Verizon lets its copper network decay to force phone customers onto fiber


By Jon Brodkin – Not everyone wants fiber, because, when it comes to voice calls, the newer technology doesn’t have all the benefits of the old copper phone network.

In particular, fiber doesn’t conduct electricity, where copper does. That means when your power goes out, copper landlines might keep working for days or weeks by drawing electricity over the lines, while a phone that relies on fiber will only last as long as its battery. That’s up to eight hours for Verizon’s most widely available backup system.

“Verizon’s efforts to force people off copper in my area of Rhode Island rise to the level of harassment,” Verizon customer Karen Anne Kolling of North Kingstown, Rhode Island, told Ars. more> http://tinyurl.com/o5jvv5n

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The Internet remembers too much


By Maciej Cegłowski – Anyone who works with computers learns to fear their capacity to forget. Like so many things with computers, memory is strictly binary. There is either perfect recall or total oblivion, with nothing in between. It doesn’t matter how important or trivial the information is. The computer can forget anything in an instant. If it remembers, it remembers for keeps.

This doesn’t map well onto human experience of memory, which is fuzzy. We don’t remember anything with perfect fidelity, but we’re also not at risk of waking up having forgotten our own name. Memories tend to fade with time, and we remember only the more salient events.

And because we live in a time when storage grows ever cheaper, we learn to save everything, log everything, and keep it forever. You never know what will come in useful. Deleting is dangerous. There are no horror stories—yet—about keeping too much data for too long. more> http://tinyurl.com/nu5hlc6

Most corporations will die unless networks can adapt


By Scott M. Fulton, III – Cisco CEO John Chambers predicted a completely upset networking and computing market as soon as 2018–on account of an economic shakedown that he says will render as many as two-thirds of the world’s corporations today non-existent entities.

Cisco will survive this shakeout as Chambers predicts it, of course, but literally no other manufacturer devoted to the networking space will survive what the CEO describes as a phenomenon beyond disruption–one that will leave any hardware player that has invested in the present architecture of Internet networks, at the very least, irrelevant.

“You watch what’s about to occur in the industry, you’re going to see a brutal, brutal consolidation in the IT,” intoned Chambers. more> http://tinyurl.com/oofrjnu

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An Internet Transit Map


By George Mattathil – To help clarify the issues, I created an Internet Transit Map. The Internet Transit Map is a simplified logical diagram (“reference model”) of the Internet to provide clarity for discussions about regulating the Internet. more> http://t.co/VQXbKnCLm1

Recommendations to the FCC for the path forward


By George Mattathil – The intrinsic dilemma with Internet access is cost per connection is not a constant, but varies with technology and the “deployment distance” for each termination.

Result is higher cost in less populated areas (disregarding the affordability factor.)

Hence, some form of network deployment subsidy is necessary in the current market configuration. more> http://wp.me/p4erPG-2z

New airborne GPS technology for weather conditions takes flight


R&D – GPS technology has broadly advanced science and society’s ability to pinpoint precise information, from driving directions to tracking ground motions during earthquakes.

Current measurement systems that use GPS satellite signals as a source to probe the atmosphere rely on GPS receivers that are fixed to ground and can’t measure over the ocean, or they rely on GPS receivers that are also on satellites that are expensive to launch and only occasionally measure in regions near storms. The new system, led by Scripps Institution of Oceanography geophysicist Jennifer Haase and her colleagues, captures detailed meteorological readings at different elevations at targeted areas of interest, such as over the Atlantic Ocean in regions where hurricanes might develop. more> http://tinyurl.com/o93uevd