Saturday, October 21, 2006

For those of you who want the full buffet, but don't want to pay for it...

We've had an ongoing discussion here about net neutrality. We all want an all-you-can-eat Internet buffet, but no one wants to pay for it.

Here's an article about how, "soaring demand for games, video and music will stretch the Internet to its limits." When you think about it, it only makes sense that this is coming. The only reason we didn't hit the wall already is because of the massive overbuilding of infrastructure during the late 1990s technology bubble.

So, we're reaching a point where new capital investments are needed to build out the infrastructure to support the growth of new web-based services. If we insist on pure net neutrality and don't allow infrastructure providers to make a market return on their investment, who's going to make the necessary investment? Who are we going to blame with the performance of the Internet grinds to a crawl?

1 comment:

Rick Glessman said...

Do we as consumers not already have the option of paying for varying levels of download speeds? If I want fast, I pay for fast. If I don't need/want VOIP or to watch the video du jour, then I can pay less . Seems to me that the Telco's are simply wanting to share the profits of the Googles of the world. Why don't we stick with the consumer paying for the speed/data volume they want. The "pipe" companies can use these fees to pay for the additional bandwidth instead of becoming content "partners".