Question from a provider: VoIP traffic prioritization from essentially our own service?
Moderator: One thing that won’t be allowed is prioritizing your own service
over someone else’s similar service; that’s almost the whole point.
FCC person: This is contemplated in the document. Existing services
wouldn’t have to be reworked rapidly.
Reasons to be concerned.
Monopoly over last mile has a position to differentially treat such a service.
This is one of the core concerns.
Q: Giving the same priority to somebody else’s similar VoIP service
is essentially creating a trust relationship; how much traffic
will the other service provider send?
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EDUCAUSE, the association whose mission is to advance higher education by
promoting the intelligent use of information technology, today proposed
bringing the federal government, state governments, and the private
sector together as part of a new approach to making high-speed Internet
services available across the country.
The group, whose membership includes information technology officials
from more than 2,200 colleges, universities, and other educational
organizations, said that a new “universal broadband fund” would be
necessary so that “Big Broadband” — services of 100 mbps — could be
made widely available.
Back in the 1980s, in the time of standalone dialup Bulletin Board Systems (BBSes),
the National Science Foundation (NSF) deployed a nationwide backbone network
called NSFNet that eventually ran at the blazing fast for the times speed
NSF also promoted development of NSFNet regional networks, many of which
eventually figured in the commercialization of Internet that took off
in 1991 when former dialup network UUNET started selling Internet connectivity
and former personnel of an NSFNet regional formed PSINet and also started
selling Internet connectivity.
Nowadays, when the fastest most people can get as so-called broadband
is 1-3Mbps DSL from telcos or maybe 3-5Mbps from cablecos,
maybe it’s time to do it again.
Is this a plan that would work?
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I predict this prediction will be misused by the duopoly to lobby
for more favoratism for the duopoly:
User demand for the Internet could outpace network capacity by 2010,
according to a study released today by Nemertes Research. The study found
that corporate and consumer Internet usage could surpass the Internet
access infrastructure, specifically in North America, but also worldwide,
within the next three to five years.
As Internet capabilities continue to expand and users strive to be
constantly connected, usage of the Internet via the mobile phone,
set-top boxes and gaming devices has exponentially increased
thus limiting bandwidth capacity. This is due in large part to
voice and bandwidth-intensive applications, including streaming and
interactive video, peer-to-peer file transfer and music downloads and
file sharing. According to ComScore, nearly 75% of U.S. Internet users
watched an average of 158 minutes of online video in one month alone
and viewed more than 8.3 billion video streams.
If I had a nickle for every time imminent demise of the Internet
has been predicted.
This has been going on since before the Internet even existed,
and the results have been different than in this prediction.
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Verizon is starting to sell sort of fast symmetrical access,
that is, 20Mbps in both directions.
The price is $64.99/month, which is only about twice what you pay
in Japan for more than twice the bandwidth.
Also only in New Jersey, Connecticut, and New York.
Many FTTH providers also cap their symmetrical service, and whether the
20/20 tier would be capped was the first question fired at Verizon on
the conference call.
“We don’t impose caps upon our subscribers,” insisted Susan Retta, Vice
President of broadband solutions for Verizon. “We expect customers who
order this 20/20 service will want to use it frequently, and we intend
to give them the bandwidth that they ordered and they expect.”
Broadband service here is eight to 30 times as fast as in the United
States — and considerably cheaper. Japan has the world’s fastest Internet
connections, delivering more data at a lower cost than anywhere else,
recent studies show.
Accelerating broadband speed in this country — as well as in South
Korea and much of Europe — is pushing open doors to Internet innovation
that are likely to remain closed for years to come in much of the
The speed advantage allows the Japanese to watch broadcast-quality,
full-screen television over the Internet, an experience that mocks the
grainy, wallet-size images Americans endure.
Municipalities, cities, states, territories and regions are driving the
French municipal (wireless and wired) broadband uptake as newly authorized
by law. A new article of French “code général des communications”
passed in June 2004 (law ref code is L-1425-1) gives these public entities
the following rights :
build, subsidize and develop “passive” telecom infrastructure and provide/transfer them to carriers or independent local users.
build open networks on a given territory and provide/transfer them to a territorial carrier.
operate open telecommunications networks in respect of regulations.
The municipality does have to demonstrate that there isn’t already
a similar service, but given the “open networks” aspect, that shouldn’t
Could this have something to do with why France is ahead of the U.S.
in Internet connectivity and speed?
Nowadays there are over a hundred projects, small and big. One famous one
One famous one is the plan to do FttH in Hauts-de-Seine, the department
chaired by Mr Sarkozy until he became President.
Sarkozy was the man personally proprosing the FttH
roll out in Hauts de Seine.
He points out that picture FCC Commisioner Tate
and ARCEP Commissioner Gauthey have met, as in the picture.
Perhaps soon we’ll get a U.S. president who might be influenced
by French president Sarkozy on this subject.
Price reductions and other factors led to 40 percent growth in adoption
from March 2005 to March 2006. Over the following year, growth was a
more modest 12 percent, the Pew Internet and American Life Project said
in a report Tuesday.
“The low-hanging fruit was picked … so you saw a slowdown understandably
going to 2007,” said John Horrigan, Pew’s associate director for
The broadband market in Russia, particularly in Moscow, is growing
quickly. The Ministry of IT and Communications reports that the fixed
broadband market grew 42% and wireless broadband market showed a 61%
annual growth rate in 2006.