What Net Neutrality should and should not cover

Alexander Harrowell a.harrowell at gmail.com
Mon May 5 11:11:17 UTC 2014


On Sun, May 4, 2014 at 8:25 PM, William Herrin <bill at herrin.us> wrote:
> On Sun, May 4, 2014 at 2:57 PM, Charles N Wyble <charles at thefnf.org> wrote:
>> On 4/27/2014 3:30 PM, John Levine wrote:
>>> In a non-stupid world, the cable companies would do video on demand
>>> through some combination of content caches at the head end or, for
>>> popular stuff, encrypted midnight downloads to your DVR, and the
>>> cablecos would split the revenue with content backends like Netflix.
>>
>>
>> So why hasn't someone like he or cogent done this?
>
> Because 30 years later the big content owners still hate VCRs.
> Streaming doesn't bother them so much but they avail themselves of
> every opportunity to say no to the end-user recorded content.
>
> This is hardly a surprise... A century later they still hate the first
> sale doctrine too and avail themselves of every opportunity to
> undermine it.

This UKNOF presentation gives another reason - the distribution of
demand for content is such that "content bundling", i.e. pro-active
push of content to users' machines based on predicted demand, doesn't
provide much benefit compared to "historical cache", i.e. caching in
the usual sense.

https://indico.uknof.org.uk/materialDisplay.py?contribId=20&materialId=slides&confId=30

>
> Regards,
> Bill Herrin
>
>
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