Netflix To Cogent To World

Owen DeLong owen at
Wed Jul 30 23:35:32 UTC 2014

On Jul 30, 2014, at 9:51 AM, Mark Tinka <mark.tinka at> wrote:

> On Wednesday, July 30, 2014 06:21:46 PM Owen DeLong wrote:
>> Yes and no…
>> The barrier to Netflix becoming a consumer ISP is very
>> high… Very very high. It costs a lot of money to deploy
>> all that last mile infrastructure, assuming you can get
>> permits, acquire rights-of-way, etc. to even do it.
> Note I said "...certain major...".  For sure, not all 
> content owners have the might or time to become ISP's 
> (whether for themselves or for their customers). But 
> definitely, "certain major" ones do... and we are already 
> seeing bits of that, here and there in the world...
> I can't predict the future, but if "certain major" content 
> owners/networks find the barriers to entry surmountable, 
> consolidation could close the loop (certainly, if money, 
> skill and effort wasn't my problem, this would be one of my 
> strategies).

In that case, I would argue that the attempts to freeze Netflix
out in a SlowLane extortion scheme are a move by the existing
content/ISP conglomerates to do just exactly that, no?

If not, then I am completely failing to understand you point.


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