I personally think this whole net neutrality is a combination of much
ado about nothing and the little guys not learning how to work together.
Will the RBOCs be able to wield any real power against the major content
companies of the world? No, they won't. But, what about the small
operations? Simple, host their web presence with facilities that wield
enough power to get around the RBOCs. Most web operations already do
this whether they know it or not. For example, we peer with Cogent,
Limelight, Google, etc. Almost every content operation with the
exception of Yahoo is available through those peers and we are working
on a peering agreement with Yahoo now. If the RBOCs want priority access
for our eyeballs to these content operators they can keep on dreaming
since the traffic never touches their networks. We are not alone BTW.
Now I understand not every operation can enter into peering agreements
with content companies or large operations like Cogent. Google alone
requires 15Mbps of traffic destined to them from 2 geographically
diverse locations. Of course, if many of the small players worked
together their combined traffic would actually be interesting from a
peering standpoint. I know people don't like to work together, but you
are going to have learn it real soon or watch yourself get pushed around
by the RBOCs.
Think about where things would be now if 5 years ago all the CLECs
decided to buy from each other instead of the RBOCs. I say to everyone
on this list, if you are buying from a RBOC anything that you can buy
elsewhere; do it!
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