Re: Level 3 blames Internet slowdowns on ISPs’ refusal to upgrade networks | Ars Technica

Patrick W. Gilmore patrick at
Thu Mar 20 14:18:59 UTC 2014

On Mar 20, 2014, at 08:39 , Mark Tinka <mark.tinka at> wrote:
> On Wednesday, March 19, 2014 09:06:47 PM Patrick W. Gilmore wrote:

>> The angle on my right shoulder wants to congratulate a
>> "tier one" (whatever the F that means) provider for
>> finally admitting, in writing, in public, from a lawyer,
>> what the rest of us have known for decades.
> Every time the market has troubled the status quo, networks 
> have failed to find ways that adapt to that market. The 
> market ends up working around the network.
> Napster and all the goodness that followed it, is one such 
> example; until iTunes adapted. And yes, iTunes is NOT the 
> network.
> Now the OTT's are driving the network hard, and the network 
> des not want to adapt (perhaps calling in the FCC is 
> adapting... not).
> So expect the market to work around this as well. The 
> network keeps getting left behind...

"The market" can only "work around" things if there is a functioning market. Monopolies are not a functioning market.

There will be a solution - in fact, there is today. Doesn't mean it is optimal. In fact, in the presence of a monopoly, it is pretty much guaranteed to be sub-optimal.


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