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Friday, April 18, 2008

Here Comes the Clue Train!

Poached from Slashdot Firehose:
Speaking at a Westminster eForum on Web 2.0 this week in London, Jim Cicconi, vice president of legislative affairs for AT&T, warned that the current systems that constitute the Internet will not be able to cope with the increasing amounts of video and user-generated content being uploaded.

"The surge in online content is at the center of the most dramatic changes affecting the Internet today," he said. "In three years' time, 20 typical households will generate more traffic than the entire Internet today."
"We are going to be butting up against the physical capacity of the Internet by 2010," he said.
Clue train says: Change happens; growth happens; why the hell have you waited this long to upgrade your network infrastructure?

Of course he then goes on to straight-out lie:
...the Internet only exists thanks to the infrastructure provided by a group of mostly private companies. "There is nothing magic or ethereal about the Internet--it is no more ethereal than the highway system. It is not created by an act of God but upgraded and maintained by private investors," he said.
The internet is paid for and maintained by the money of customers of those companies, who are the real "private investors", not the shareholders or executives like him. In some cases the internet infrastructure was even paid for directly by the government with taxpayer funds, then entrusted to private companies, who then go on to offer minimal service at maximum price by claiming they paid for what they're selling.

Q's pet peeve #5 (approximate number; lower numbers indicate higher hate): Companies who think that they can cope with the inevitable rise in demand for the internet simply by increasing overselling ratios (Comcast, etc.), blocking some types of traffic (Comcast, etc.), or charging for traffic (Rogers, etc.).

Oh, and while we're on the subject of greedy ISPs, I should note that this previous story has been recalled. The problem was found to be with a router device, not Comcast itself (this time).

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