An open letter to Level3: Put up or shut up!

To Level3 Communications: Congratulations on becoming the new Content Distribution Network (CDN) provider of choice for Netflix! Netflix provides a valuable and convenient online video delivery service that we all enjoy. Unfortunately, cable companies (like Comcast) all have a vested interest Continue reading An open letter to Level3: Put up or shut up!

Breaking the Broadband Monopoly

The legal and political field of broadband has been changing too rapidly for me to keep up with lately. In case you didn’t hear, the FCC has declared Title II reclassification of Internet services as a “third way” approach, because they’re going to use forebearance to avoid enforcing many of the key provisions, including those that would lead to open access requirements. I’m not happy about that, but it would take longer to explain than I have at the moment. Watch for an upcoming post on that issue and Network Neutrality in general.

For now, I want to direct you to an excellent study at the MuniNetworks.org site titled “Breaking the Broadband Monopoly.” I haven’t even read it all yet, so I’m copying the official press release here. Be sure to download it and read it for yourself at the original page. http://www.muninetworks.org/reports/breaking-broadband-monopoly Continue reading Breaking the Broadband Monopoly

Connecting Local Institutions

The FCC’s National Broadband Plan (NBP) is here, and it’s a big disappointment. While adding to the body of evidence that Internet access competition is poor to nonexistent in America, they still manage to praise do-nothing incumbents for offering any Continue reading Connecting Local Institutions

The Economics of Sharing

I. The benefits of sharing.   On the Internet, sharing is a solved problem. The Tier-1 backbone providers all save time and money for their international bandwidth via “peering agreements” — contracts that say network traffic will be freely exchanged Continue reading The Economics of Sharing