Broadband initiatives - impact to your network?

Jonathan Feldman jf at
Mon Jun 28 22:26:41 UTC 2010

More than one person has pointed out that offline media will always be  
higher bandwidth than transmission lines (but nobody with such  
elegance and hilarity as Nick Hilliard's last post).  Point taken.   
The question, in my mind, is whether it's reasonable to ask that  
regional providers reach the same bar as privately owned campus  

I don't agree with you, Christopher, that the broadband plan won't  
affect corporate users.  I know that this list _mostly_ consists of  
operators, but I've gotten some offline responses to my initial query  
that seem to indicate that enterprise users utilize SOHO (consumer  
grade, but with higher speeds) for various branch office needs.  Also,  
when a technology gets "consumerized" it tends to create interesting  
effects in terms of features and price points.

Think of it this way: where would corporate mobile phones be without  
the consumer effect?  We'd still be carrying them around in bags and  
only corporate officers would have them.

I appreciate everyone's response!

On Jun 28, 2010, at 5:46 PM, Christopher Morrow wrote:

> On Sun, Jun 27, 2010 at 9:03 AM, Jonathan Feldman <jf at>  
> wrote:
>> I'm one of the reporters who covers broadband and cloud computing for
>> InformationWeek magazine (, and it's  
>> interesting to
>> me that one of the issues with cloud adoption has to do with the  
>> limited
>> pipe networks available in this country. For example, it's not  
>> feasible to
>> do a massive data load through the networks that are currently  
>> available --
>> you need to FedEx a hard drive to Amazon.  Holy cow, it's  
>> SneakerNet for the
>> 21st Century!
> is this a 'this country' bandwidth problem or the problem that moving
> 10tb of 'corporate data' in a 'secure fashion' from 'office' to
> 'cloud' really isn't a simple task? and that cutting a DB over at a
> point in time 'next tuesday!' is far easier done  by shipping a
> point-in-time copy of the DB via sata-drive than 'holy cow copy this
> over the corp ds3, while we make sure not to kill it for mail/web/etc
> other corporate normal uses' ?
> The broadband plan stuff mostly covers consumers, not enterprises,
> most of the (amazon as the example here) cloud folks offer
> disk-delivery options for businesses.
> you seem to be comparing apples to oranges, no?
> -chris

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