Tuesday, August 17, 2010
The teens are on to something.
As I am looking for an application hosting company I am appreciating the speed of chatting on the web.
In the past I would be required to telephone each of the companies individually and get through the small talk with the sales agent.
In the new world of web-chat - I typed up my list of specifications for the two servers, opened up chat sessions with 3 vendors at a time and then pasted my requirements and my contact information.
Most of the vendors took my information and plan to e-mail me back.
One vendor who seemingly doesn't "get it" promised to call me to get more information. I don't need to talk to you. I only need your pricing.
I realize that all of them will harass me by phone and e-mail after they send me their proposals.
Friday, August 13, 2010
Pew Internet - Home Broadband 2010
After several years of double digit growth, broadband adoption slowed dramatically in 2010. African-Americans experienced broadband adoption growth in 2010 well above the national average
After several consecutive years of modest but consistent growth, broadband adoption slowed dramatically in 2010. Two-thirds of American adults (66%) currently use a high-speed internet connection at home, a figure that is not statistically different from what The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project found at a similar point in 2009, when 63% of Americans were broadband adopters.
The lack of growth in broadband adoption at the national level was mirrored across a range of demographic groups, with African-Americans being a major exception. Broadband adoption by African-Americans now stands at 56%, up from 46% at a similar point in 2009. That works out to a 22% year-over-year growth rate, well above the national average and by far the highest growth rate of any major demographic group. Over the last year, the broadband adoption gap between blacks and whites has been cut nearly in half:
In 2009 65% of whites and 46% of African-Americans were broadband users (a 19-point gap)
In 2010 67% of whites and 56% of African-Americans are broadband users (an 11-point gap)
By a 53%-41% margin, Americans say they do not believe that the spread of affordable broadband should be a major government priority. Contrary to what some might suspect, non-internet users are less likely than current users to say the government should place a high priority on the spread of high-speed connections.
Friday, August 6, 2010
I am going to pretend that I am not an industry insider as I ask you a question.
Right now Google has several data centers throughout the United States in which it seeks to "move its content to the edge" - closer to the people.
Let's call Google a "content provider".
Verizon, AT&T, BBN and other - Tier 1 Internet service providers are carriers.
While the Tier 1 carriers have both PUBLIC and PRIVATE interconnects, with the goal of speeding access to users from one network over to end points that reside on another network - CONTENT PROVIDERS had typically just purchased circuits from a carrier and depended upon the carrier to handle the strategic routing.
WHAT IF, Prometheus - Google is simply creating PRIVATE INTERCONNECTS into Verizon"s network - just as carriers have already been doing? IS THIS PROBLEMATIC FOR YOU?
I notice that the pro-Net Neutrality crowd says "speeding" or "preferring" traffic. The truth is that no carrier is going to "slow down" traffic when they have 40Gb trunk circuits.
Please explain to me why you have a problem with Verizon placing high speed trunks into Google's data centers, thus providing Google users fast access to Google content?
Do you see how on the one and the FCC claims that the USA has SLOW access circuits as compared to some other nations - which are a mere fraction of our size. YET when it comes to certain large content companies adding bigger pipes between their data centers and various Tier 1 backbone providers - speeding access - this is calls a "molestation of the Internet rules".
The argument does not stand.