Category Archives: Net Neutrality

Briscoe explains Re-ECN in plain English

See the current issue of IEEE Spectrum for a nice description of Bob Briscoe’s Re-ECN, A Fairer, Faster Internet Protocol: Refeedback introduces a second type of packet marking—think of these as credits and the original [ECN] congestion markings as debits. … Continue reading

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High Noon in North Texas

Now here’s a great story: Verizon is setting up a Wild West-style telecom showdown by expanding its FiOS network further into territory traditionally held by rival AT&T, says a new report from Information Gatekeepers. According to IGI, a telecom consulting … Continue reading

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One of the great insults

Brzezinski says to Scarborough: “You have a such stunningly superficial knowledge of what went on it’s almost embarrassing to listen to you.” I know just how he feels. Larry Lessig’s opinion in Newsweek about a government ministry to make sure … Continue reading

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The People’s Movement (for Google)

I did a podcast with the folks at The Technology Liberation Front on Google’s edge-caching system: This week we saw a new kerfuffle of sorts develop over the revelation in a Monday front-page Wall Street Journal story that Google had … Continue reading

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Virgin Media serves the people, not the pirates

The Register broke a story today about the plan by the UK’s cable company, Virgin Media, to dump neutrality and target BitTorrent users The UK’s second largest ISP, Virgin Media, will next year introduce network monitoring technology to specifically target … Continue reading

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My Google piece in The Register

Thanks to the miracle of trans-Atlantic collaborative journalism, here’s my quick take on Google’s caching scheme: Network Neutrality, the public policy unicorn that’s been the rallying cry for so many many on the American left for the last three years, … Continue reading

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Google Gambles in Casablanca

I’m shocked. Google has been caught red-handed negotiating deals with ISPs to host servers inside the building, just like Akamai does. The semi-technical press thinks this is some sort of a game-changing event: The celebrated openness of the Internet — … Continue reading

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Internet routing around US

Here’s one more reason not to believe the claims of slow growth in Internet traffic in the US: the rest of the world is optimizing its routes. America is losing its position at the centre of the internet, according to … Continue reading

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BitTorrent net meltdown delayed

See The Register for my follow-up on the BitTorrent meltdown story: The internet’s TCP/IP protocol doesn’t work very well. As the internet’s traffic cop, it’s supposed to prevent applications from overloading the network, but it’s at a loss when it … Continue reading

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Note about UDP

One of the more amusing criticisms of my article on BitTorrent over UDP is that I’m a clueless dork for saying UDP was designed for real-time applications since there was no such thing as VoIP back in the day. This … Continue reading

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