Observations of an Internet Middleman (Level3) (was: RIP

Scott Helms khelms at zcorum.com
Fri May 16 15:08:33 UTC 2014

Social media is not a big driver of symmetrical traffic here in the US or
internationally.  Broadband suffers here for a number of reasons, mainly
topological and population density, in comparison to places like Japan,
parts (but certainly not all) of Europe, and South Korea.

Scott Helms
Vice President of Technology
(678) 507-5000

On Fri, May 16, 2014 at 11:02 AM, Mark Tinka <mark.tinka at seacom.mu> wrote:

> On Friday, May 16, 2014 03:54:33 PM Owen DeLong wrote:
> > customers. 2. This is because when they built their
> > business models, they didn’t expect their customers to
> > use nearly as much of their promised bandwidth as they
> > are now using. Most of the models were constructed
> > around the idea that a customer receiving, say 27mbps
> > down/7mbps up would use all of that bandwidth in short
> > bursts and mostly use less than a megabit.
> And in general, models have assumed, for a long time, that
> customer demand patterns are largely asymmetric.
> While that is true a lot of the time (especially for eyeball
> networks), it is less so now due to social media. Social
> media forces the use of symmetric bandwidth (like FTTH),
> putting even more demand on the network, and making the gist
> of this thread an even bigger issue, if you discount the
> fact, of course, that Broadband in the U.S. currently sucks
> for a developed market.
> Mark.

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