Level 3 blames Internet slowdowns on Technica

TGLASSEY tglassey at earthlink.net
Sat Mar 22 14:18:45 UTC 2014

I want to ask you folks something...

How do you as the people operating the network think two exabytes of 
data gets pushed across your networks to each of the PRISM Collection 
Sites (daily) with no one noticing... Know what I mean>?

Todd Glassey

On 3/21/2014 6:54 PM, Larry Sheldon wrote:
> On 3/21/2014 9:13 AM, Sholes, Joshua wrote:> How do you get around the 
> problem of natural monopolies, then?
> My strongly held belief is that if the "natural" monopoly* becomes 
> oppressive somebody in their garage will find another way, and absent 
> regulation and force of arms available to the "natural" monopoly, 
> eliminate the monopoly situation and maybe the "natural" monopolist.
>    Or should
> > we be moving to a world where, say, a dozen or more separate 
> companies are
> > all running fiber or coax on the poles on my street in an effort to 
> get to
> > my house?
> Could be--we have two energy companies at our house.  And two 
> communications companies have boxes on the back wall.  Beyond the 
> piped-in water service, we have several competing beverage sources 
> (including for water) in service.  The house across the street has, it 
> appears, at least three companies providing TV service (and Internet 
> service?).  Three outfits provide waste disposal service in the 
> neighborhood, although I am not bright enough to see a competitor for 
> the sewage component.  I wasn't bright enough to see the World Wide 
> Web, either.
> Nobody uses poles.
> > IMHO, the only way to get real competition on the last mile is to 
> have the
> > actual fiber/wire infrastructure being owned by a neutral party that's
> > required to pass anyone's traffic.
> As soon as "required" is in the discussion, we have a monopoly, and a 
> monopoly has the power to abuse the situation.
> Wire and glass are not the only media available, as if that mattered. 
> And we already have duplicates; what is the big deal?
> OH!  And the reason why one set of wires is idle, is that provider got 
> beat by the completion on the other set.  (For this discussion, 
> coaxial cable is a "set of wires".)
> *too old, failing memory and all, I'll have to go read up on "natural 
> monopoly"--I can not think of one that does not require regulation and 
> force of arms to exist.


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