Tag: pipes

  • FCC opens door to ISP wipe-out

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    Re-monopolizing the phone service 

    US telecoms regulator the FCC has signaled the end of the independent ISP, a move which will leave DSL provision concentrated in the hands of just a few large providers. The move, which turns local DSL provision from a regulated monopoly into an unregulated monopoly, also has repercussions for rural telephony providers, who will lose a chunk of subsidy, and has potentially chilling consequences for free speech.

    Unless state regulators step into the void just vacated … Read More

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  • GoogleNet – the ultimate embrace and extend?

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    We’ve been reading stories about the “end of the internet” ever since the internet was exposed to the public more than a decade ago. Telcos, media companies, infrastructure hardware providers, and operating systems monopolists have all taken their turn as the villain in this particular drama. So far not one has succeeded.

    But the really scary thing about “the end of the internet” was never how easily it could be achieved, but that it might be welcomed by most of … Read More

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  • Netizens: white, wealthy and middle class (and full of it)

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    Diversity in action: bloggers

    “The Internet is becoming more and more widespread and will increasingly represent a scientific random sample of the population,” claims ICANN’s newest board member, Joi Ito. Quite what scientific experiments he will wish to perform, once the desired sample size has been reached, remains a mystery. But like many people who spend too long in front of their computers, he’s talking about a Platonic ideal rather than the real world.

    A survey by the US Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications … Read More

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    Chris Anderson makes me a bet

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    “Or the arrival of the Web browser, which blew millions of minds, making a mouseclick feel like teleportation.”
    Chris Anderson, Wired

    I was really calling the editor of Wired magazine, Chris Anderson, to check up on which weird and interesting drugs he was taking when he wrote the sentence you see above you.

    [* answer below]

    Anderson bet me that in five years time, there will be more 802.11 chipsets then there will be mobile phone chipsets. Naturally, opportunities like … Read More

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