Tuesday, December 28, 2010

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The Internet and IPTV are making the world smaller

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Net Neutrality Debate - Symulcast


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Notice in the video above that they "protest" the bill claiming that it does not go "left enough". They speak with so many points of misinformation with their ambiguity of their comments intended to promote the fear of what "MIGHT" happen if the government doesn't put a grip upon the corporations.

This discussion would ordinarily be put in the sister blog "Technological Reparation"  where issues about the intersection of technology and society are discussed.

Unfortunately when it comes to "Net Neutrality" the attempted insertion of activism into the technological and communications space has promoted this issue onto my "policy analysis blog".   Since the claims that "the least of these" (Blacks and the poor) might be harmed by the greedy telecom companies (see the "Democracy Now" video) - this issues has found a place on the "Within The Black Community" blog.   Some people show pictures of barefoot children in Guatemala to trigger action for their cause.  Other despicable characters hold up Black people in America to have their way.

I am sure that you would agree that if I were to talk about the functions of the human digestive system to a physician - upon hearing my verbal molestation in explaining what she lives and breathes every day would have you to look to her as the more credible source.   When I hear various left-wing activists on "Democracy Now", "Bill Moyers" or "The Color Of Change" web site similarly molest the facts about how large scale carrier networks are architected  AND their nefarious intentions to restrict traffic I hope that you would also assign credibility based on the ability to present a TRANSPARENT set of facts of the case.

Social Justice Comes To The Technology Sector
The American Internet System is the most expansive, most pervasive than any other in the world.  If we look at the traffic on most other country's Internets - they are running applications developed in America - FaceBook quickly growing to be the #1 application in most developed nations.

If you listen to people with a more of a social activist spirit describe the same picture will be darked with claims of squandered leadership and corporate hijacking for the sake of profit.
  • They point to South Korea as having a "faster Internet" with 100Mbps, yet don't note the far smaller number of access points to build out there as compared to the USA.  
    • Comcast just announced a 150Mb connection
    • Several companies are just now upgrading their Internet trunk circuits to 40Gbps because the optical interfaces to support these speeds are just now becoming available and affordable
    • The applications that would drive the need for RESIDENTIAL speeds at 100Mbps (ie: HD video) are just now coming on line as the Internet architecture to support this increased demand AND the copyright system for content is settled upon.
  • They point to Norway as having a higher "Broadband Penetration Rate" than does the USA
    • They fail to note that Norway has about 6 million users and a high density of people while the USA has about 90 million users and is better thought of as an array of local access networks.  
      • The high density cities have full coverage
      • The low density areas have satellite or wireless because a physical build out of a cable system can't be cost justified
On the one hand the constant indictment of the telecommunications companies and the FCC listening in can serve as a countervailing force to keep the companies from acting in a monopolistic fashion.  I can appreciate a certain amount of advocacy.

It is when they operate in a purely ideologically skewed manner where they attempt to take their (flawed) theory of economics and regulation and use the presence of a favorable leftist-dominated FCC to have their way - all the while telling half truths and fear tactics that I receive the "fingernails on the chalkboard" effect per hearing their words.

I am going to set out to provide a baseline of the argument at hand to provide an understanding of the issues at hand.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

America Is NOT Behind On Broadband - A Lie Repeated Enough Times....

Newsweek: Obama's Broadband Punt

The only thing that irks me on par with "fingernails on a chalkboard" to a greater extent than does the fantastical claims around "Net Neutrality" is the claim that the United States is lagging behind the rest of the world when it comes to our Internet and high speed broadband access.

 Country Population  Land Mass  # Of Internet
Subscribers 
United States   310M  9.8M sq km 240.0M
 South Korea  48M  0.99M sq km 39.5M
 Japan  126M  0.37M sq km 99.1M
 China  1,330M  9.5M sq km 425.0 M

Source: Number of Internet Users

I would be more comfortable if these type of studies took a sliver of the United States - the east coast, the west coast or the swath of the South - and attempted to contrast the state of the Internet in these nations that are a fraction of our size with these smaller segments of America.
It’s a well-known lament that America’s broadband performance badly lags the rest of the world’s. Household adoption rates are mediocre compared with those of other OECD countries, and subscription prices are scandalously higher than even the super-speed nirvanas of South Korea and Japan.
Mainly this is a curse of geography. Vast, suburbanized America is pricier to equip with high-speed fiber or wireless than densely populated Asia. But unlike in many countries, the government also lacks clout over the telecommunications sector, leaving private operators such as Verizon and AT&T to upgrade aging copper networks on their own time.

Still, as 14 million Americans go without broadband (defined by the Federal Communications Commission as a minimum download speed of 4 megabits per second), and millions more battle poor service, the nation is squandering a once-in-a-generation chance to modernize its digital footprint. The die was cast almost two years ago when President Obama’s $787 billion economic stimulus lobbed a disappointing $7 billion toward broadband: mainly grants to help municipal, nonprofit, and private entities connect rural digital backwaters. By contrast, green energy received 13 times more funding. Now, with unemployment beached at 9.8 percent, it looks as though Obama made the wrong bet.