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Winds of War – Om and Niall on the Two-Tiers Internet

February 21, 2006

“We’re witnessing the beginnings of a titanic clash between the internet and the telecommunications industry.” (Alec Saunders, Voice 2.0: A Manifesto for the Future).

In the last couple of months AT&T and Verizon started a tactical, low-intensity combat against the Internet giants. Some quotations to get you into the right mood:

AT&T CEO Edward Whitacre Jr.:

“What [Google, Vonage, and others] would like to do is to use my pipes free. But I ain’t going to let them do that”.

“Companies such as Skype should pay for the portion of the carriers’ networks that they use”.

Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg:

“There’s no such thing as a free lunch on the Internet. Providers of bandwidth-intensive Internet applications, including Google and Microsoft, should “share the cost” of operating broadband networks”.

This, of course, raised a great deal of tumult among the IFF (Internet Freedom Fighters :)), who abhorred these attempts to profane the sacred network neutrality. Actually, rumors claim Google is building a private, global, network infrastructure to make sure their services will remain neutral (i.e. not under-prioritized).

In this podcast, Om Malik and Niall Kennedy provide a simple and amiable introduction to this tactical, low-intensity combat, usually referred to as the “Two-Tiers Internet”. And if Om’s right, web2.0 startups might be affected as well.


Technopod Rating: 8
podcastIcon1.gif Winds of War 23:14, 10.8 mb, Dec 28th, 2005

Original Podlink: Towards a two-tier Internet

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The Gillmor Gang with Adam Bosworth, Google’s VP of Engineering

February 19, 2006


Adam Bosworth was a DBA. I’ll bet on that. And in this Gangpod he’s discussing the limitations of today’s relational databases, while laying out parts of his “Divide & Conquer” architecture for globally distributed, scalable and available Peer-to-peer “Information Servers”.

Being the architect and implementor of Telco-grade SOA systems & Information Servers I wonder how come the later haven’t been identified, so far, as crucial part of any Service-Oriented Architecture. With them, the current problems of service’s availability & response time could be solved; without them, no service can commit upfront to an SLA & QoS.

Technopod Rating: 9

podcastIcon3.gif Gillmor Gang with guest Adam Bosworth
Original Podlink: IT Conversations: Gillmor Gang with guest Adam Bosworth


Muli Koppel’s Blog: Always-On: Re-engineering the Read/Write Wen and the Enterprise (with examples)

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