|By Solar VPS||
|December 31, 2013 01:20 PM EST||
In 2013, we published 84 blogs. This is the 85th. The last of 2013.
With the last blog of 2013, instead of chatting about the Cloud, instead of talking about web hosting and instead of talking about how to resolve Linux OS issues, we are going to tackle a much larger topic – one we touched on yesterday in “The Internet is Broken. The Cloud Is Next.” For the last Solar VPS blog of 2014 we are going to talk about the continuing broken state of the Internet, the problem with Verizon, AT&T and Comcast, and why, once and for all, American ISP’s need to match or better the offered Internet speeds of Google Fiber.
Yes, this will be a rant blog. Yes, this will be a blog lamenting the state of the Internet. Yes, this will be a blog lambasting ISP’s and their horrible practices. Yes, it’s 2014 and we are mad as hell.
The Internet Is Broken
We normally don’t link to other sources but if you missed it, do yourself a favor and read the Esquire blog titled, “The Year We Broke the Internet.” Trust us, it’s a critical read to understand where our Internet culture currently stands. If you choose not to read it, no surprise, the Internet is broken. The reason? Us. Yes, us.
The Internet is broken due to the public. All of us. Me. You. My bosses. Your bosses. Your parents and my brother. The Internet is broken due to all of us. 100 years ago, hell, even 30 years ago, before the advent of 24/7/365 cable news and the always alive traffic chamber known as the Internet, media meant three things – the 6 PM nightly news, The Washington Post (newspapers) and radio. That was it. Walter Cronkite, Woodward and Bernstein and Edward R. Murrow. Then came 24/7/365 news broadcasting. Then came the Internet. By now, we all know new media has fully changed how the public receives media. Sure, the 6 PM nightly news is still a stable of broadcast stations however by the time Brian Williams and Scott Pelley inform you about the top news story of the day, that story has already been read and reacted to a few million times on the Interwebs.
Now, the question: Does the 6 PM nightly news serve a purpose in our 24/7/365 media world? While some would argue it does not, we are arguing it does. The reason is simple: us. As noted by Luke O’Neil in Esquire:
“These all had one thing in common: They seemed too tidily packaged, too neat, “too good to check,” as they used to say, to actually be true. Any number of reporters or editors at any of the hundreds of sites that posted these Platonic ideals of shareability could’ve told you that they smelled, but in the ongoing decimation of the publishing industry, fact-checking has been outsourced to the readers. Not surprisingly—as we saw with the erroneous Reddit-spawned witch-hunt around the Boston Marathon bombing—readers are terrible at fact-checking. And this, as it happens, is good for business because it means more shares, more clicks.”
The problem is us. In a world dominated by who is first, in a media landscape dominated by speed over fact, the public has been given the task of fact-checker. When traffic becomes more important than truth, our society is at risk of shedding its founding ideals. An informed public. To argue we have an informed American public is to argue for insanity. Traffic has replaced real information. Clicks have supplanted fact. Views and shareability reign over long form journalism and substance. The Internet is broken not in spite of sites like Buzzfeed, Upworthy and the Huffington Post. No, the Internet is broken due to those sites. When a catchy headline and spurious content becomes more important than fact based information, our “need to be informed society” fails.
We know, those photos of cats on Reddit.com/r/aww are so damn cute. We know they are. Now tell us please, what the hell is going on with net neutrality?
The Problem with Verizon, AT&T, Comcast…
Unless you have been living on Mars with your head firmly planted in Martian soil, you have heard something about Net Neutrality. If you don’t know what Net Neutrality is, the simple way to explain it is by picturing a highway. Certain highways have no toll boots. These highways tend to be paid for by increased tax dollars allowing for infrastructure maintenance and upgrades. Other highways, like the ones we have in New Jersey, make use of toll booths. These tolls booths are separated into two distinctions – EZPass and Cash only. This is how Net Neutrality works. One set of drivers (companies) get quicker and better access to the highway (Internet), while another set of drivers receive slower degrading access to highways.
Now, as you might imagine, applying access or toll booth access roadblocks to the Internet would give ISP’s like Verizon, AT&T and Comcast the ability to pick and choose companies and consumers who they think should have preferred Internet access. Finally, understand for the past few years, ISP’s like Verizon, Comcast and AT&T have all been lobbying to due away with Net Neutrality.
Fast forward to now. There is a case currently working it’s way through the Washington D.C U.S. Court of Appeals (the second highest court in the United States) which will determine the fate of Net Neutrality within the United States. Although the case hasn’t been determined yet, many sources, including Wired Magazine is bracing for the worst:
“But, in their questions and statements during oral argument, the judges have made clear how they planned to rule — for the phone and cable companies, not for those who use the Internet. While the FCC has the power to impose the toothless “no-blocking” rule (originally proposed by AT&T above), it does not (the court will say) have the power to impose the essential “nondiscrimination” rule.”
“It looks like we’ll end up where AT&T initially began: a false compromise.”
“The implications of such a decision would be profound. Web and mobile companies will live or die not on the merits of their technology and design, but on the deals they can strike with AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, and others. This means large phone and cable companies will be able to “shakedown” startups and established companies in every sector, requiring payment for reliable service.”
“In fact, during the oral argument in the current case, Verizon’s lawyer said, “I’m authorized to state from my client today that but for these [FCC] rules we would be exploring those types of arrangements.”
Now, let’s put the Internet is broken together with an end to Net Neutrality. Not only does this spell out an Internet world in which only certain companies can flurish, it also spells out an Internet world of regulated clicks and information. Just like NBC telling Brian Williams what his 6:30 PM nightly news show can or can not broadcast, ending Net Neutrality would mean only chosen content, from chosen providers, would be clickable. Essentially, the traffic of information would be directed as opposed to free flow.
It doesn’t take a genius to realize this is not good for a society founded on the basis of an informed public.
Finally, let’s add terrible Internet speeds to the equation.
Google Fiber, 1 Gig BroadBand and ISP’s
The simple truth of the Internet in the United States is connection speeds are terrible – on purpose. Google Fiber 1 Gig Broadband has been trying to fix this. Through a concerted effort, ISP’s like Verizon, Comcast, Bell South and AT&T have been actively fighting against Google Fiber. From within the U.S. court system to Capitol Hill lobbyists, major ISP’s have been fighting to keep Google Fiber from gaining hold for two reasons:
- Google Fiber offers faster Internet services along with more comprehensive cable/phone packages
- Google Fiber offers their services at a lower cost than other major ISP’s
Like any good corporate citizen, companies like Verizon have been fighting Google Fiber to ensure they maintain their hold on the market. Major ISP’s are fighting against faster and more affordable Internet access. Major ISP’s are fighting to limit customer services not on the grounds that those services wouldn’t be good for consumers/businesses. No. Major ISP’s are fighting against Google Fiber and 1 Gig broadband on the basis of they have no interest in spending the money to update their slower services and crumbling infrastructures.
Instead of doing the right thing – providing consumers with the highest level of service possible, ISP’s are fighting to maintain the status quo.
Some Perspective for 2013
So, let’s put this all together. The Internet is broken. Net Neutrality might go down in flames and ISP’s are providing the market with degrading solutions by design. What an excellent year in review.
The one good thing? The Cloud is growing.
Happy 2014 everyone!
Ask someone to architect an Internet of Things (IoT) solution and you are guaranteed to see a reference to the cloud. This would lead you to believe that IoT requires the cloud to exist. However, there are many IoT use cases where the cloud is not feasible or desirable. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Dave McCarthy, Director of Products at Bsquare Corporation, will discuss the strategies that exist to extend intelligence directly to IoT devices and sensors, freeing them from the constraints of ...
Sep. 27, 2016 07:45 AM EDT Reads: 2,467
The Internet of Things will challenge the status quo of how IT and development organizations operate. Or will it? Certainly the fog layer of IoT requires special insights about data ontology, security and transactional integrity. But the developmental challenges are the same: People, Process and Platform and how we integrate our thinking to solve complicated problems. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Craig Sproule, CEO of Metavine, will demonstrate how to move beyond today's coding paradigm ...
Sep. 27, 2016 07:45 AM EDT Reads: 3,227
From wearable activity trackers to fantasy e-sports, data and technology are transforming the way athletes train for the game and fans engage with their teams. In his session at @ThingsExpo, will present key data findings from leading sports organizations San Francisco 49ers, Orlando Magic NBA team. By utilizing data analytics these sports orgs have recognized new revenue streams, doubled its fan base and streamlined costs at its stadiums. John Paul is the CEO and Founder of VenueNext. Prior ...
Sep. 27, 2016 07:30 AM EDT Reads: 2,950
Technology vendors and analysts are eager to paint a rosy picture of how wonderful IoT is and why your deployment will be great with the use of their products and services. While it is easy to showcase successful IoT solutions, identifying IoT systems that missed the mark or failed can often provide more in the way of key lessons learned. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Peter Vanderminden, Principal Industry Analyst for IoT & Digital Supply Chain to Flatiron Strategies, will focus on how IoT de...
Sep. 27, 2016 07:15 AM EDT Reads: 1,114
IoT offers a value of almost $4 trillion to the manufacturing industry through platforms that can improve margins, optimize operations & drive high performance work teams. By using IoT technologies as a foundation, manufacturing customers are integrating worker safety with manufacturing systems, driving deep collaboration and utilizing analytics to exponentially increased per-unit margins. However, as Benoit Lheureux, the VP for Research at Gartner points out, “IoT project implementers often ...
Sep. 27, 2016 06:45 AM EDT Reads: 3,315
So, you bought into the current machine learning craze and went on to collect millions/billions of records from this promising new data source. Now, what do you do with them? Too often, the abundance of data quickly turns into an abundance of problems. How do you extract that "magic essence" from your data without falling into the common pitfalls? In her session at @ThingsExpo, Natalia Ponomareva, Software Engineer at Google, provided tips on how to be successful in large scale machine learning...
Sep. 27, 2016 06:30 AM EDT Reads: 1,826
A strange thing is happening along the way to the Internet of Things, namely far too many devices to work with and manage. It has become clear that we'll need much higher efficiency user experiences that can allow us to more easily and scalably work with the thousands of devices that will soon be in each of our lives. Enter the conversational interface revolution, combining bots we can literally talk with, gesture to, and even direct with our thoughts, with embedded artificial intelligence, wh...
Sep. 27, 2016 06:30 AM EDT Reads: 3,623
In his general session at 18th Cloud Expo, Lee Atchison, Principal Cloud Architect and Advocate at New Relic, discussed cloud as a ‘better data center’ and how it adds new capacity (faster) and improves application availability (redundancy). The cloud is a ‘Dynamic Tool for Dynamic Apps’ and resource allocation is an integral part of your application architecture, so use only the resources you need and allocate /de-allocate resources on the fly.
Sep. 27, 2016 06:15 AM EDT Reads: 2,612
Information technology is an industry that has always experienced change, and the dramatic change sweeping across the industry today could not be truthfully described as the first time we've seen such widespread change impacting customer investments. However, the rate of the change, and the potential outcomes from today's digital transformation has the distinct potential to separate the industry into two camps: Organizations that see the change coming, embrace it, and successful leverage it; and...
Sep. 27, 2016 05:30 AM EDT Reads: 1,152
SYS-CON Events announced today that Roundee / LinearHub will exhibit at the WebRTC Summit at @ThingsExpo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. LinearHub provides Roundee Service, a smart platform for enterprise video conferencing with enhanced features such as automatic recording and transcription service. Slack users can integrate Roundee to their team via Slack’s App Directory, and '/roundee' command lets your video conference ...
Sep. 27, 2016 05:15 AM EDT Reads: 1,445
Digital transformation is too big and important for our future success to not understand the rules that apply to it. The first three rules for winning in this age of hyper-digital transformation are: Advantages in speed, analytics and operational tempos must be captured by implementing an optimized information logistics system (OILS) Real-time operational tempos (IT, people and business processes) must be achieved Businesses that can "analyze data and act and with speed" will dominate those t...
Sep. 27, 2016 04:45 AM EDT Reads: 1,152
The Jevons Paradox suggests that when technological advances increase efficiency of a resource, it results in an overall increase in consumption. Writing on the increased use of coal as a result of technological improvements, 19th-century economist William Stanley Jevons found that these improvements led to the development of new ways to utilize coal. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Mark Thiele, Chief Strategy Officer for Apcera, will compare the Jevons Paradox to modern-day enterprise IT, e...
Sep. 27, 2016 04:30 AM EDT Reads: 2,003
There are several IoTs: the Industrial Internet, Consumer Wearables, Wearables and Healthcare, Supply Chains, and the movement toward Smart Grids, Cities, Regions, and Nations. There are competing communications standards every step of the way, a bewildering array of sensors and devices, and an entire world of competing data analytics platforms. To some this appears to be chaos. In this power panel at @ThingsExpo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, Bradley Holt, Developer Advocate a...
Sep. 27, 2016 04:15 AM EDT Reads: 2,105
SYS-CON Events announced today that Bsquare has been named “Silver Sponsor” of SYS-CON's @ThingsExpo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. For more than two decades, Bsquare has helped its customers extract business value from a broad array of physical assets by making them intelligent, connecting them, and using the data they generate to optimize business processes.
Sep. 27, 2016 03:00 AM EDT Reads: 2,780
There is growing need for data-driven applications and the need for digital platforms to build these apps. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Muddu Sudhakar, VP and GM of Security & IoT at Splunk, will cover different PaaS solutions and Big Data platforms that are available to build applications. In addition, AI and machine learning are creating new requirements that developers need in the building of next-gen apps. The next-generation digital platforms have some of the past platform needs a...
Sep. 27, 2016 03:00 AM EDT Reads: 1,806
SYS-CON Events announced today that ReadyTalk, a leading provider of online conferencing and webinar services, has been named Vendor Presentation Sponsor at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. ReadyTalk delivers audio and web conferencing services that inspire collaboration and enable the Future of Work for today’s increasingly digital and mobile workforce. By combining intuitive, innovative tec...
Sep. 27, 2016 03:00 AM EDT Reads: 2,942
Fact is, enterprises have significant legacy voice infrastructure that’s costly to replace with pure IP solutions. How can we bring this analog infrastructure into our shiny new cloud applications? There are proven methods to bind both legacy voice applications and traditional PSTN audio into cloud-based applications and services at a carrier scale. Some of the most successful implementations leverage WebRTC, WebSockets, SIP and other open source technologies. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Da...
Sep. 27, 2016 02:15 AM EDT Reads: 1,605
Cognitive Computing is becoming the foundation for a new generation of solutions that have the potential to transform business. Unlike traditional approaches to building solutions, a cognitive computing approach allows the data to help determine the way applications are designed. This contrasts with conventional software development that begins with defining logic based on the current way a business operates. In her session at 18th Cloud Expo, Judith S. Hurwitz, President and CEO of Hurwitz & ...
Sep. 27, 2016 02:15 AM EDT Reads: 3,054
Almost two-thirds of companies either have or soon will have IoT as the backbone of their business in 2016. However, IoT is far more complex than most firms expected. How can you not get trapped in the pitfalls? In his session at @ThingsExpo, Tony Shan, a renowned visionary and thought leader, will introduce a holistic method of IoTification, which is the process of IoTifying the existing technology and business models to adopt and leverage IoT. He will drill down to the components in this fra...
Sep. 27, 2016 02:00 AM EDT Reads: 1,735
The Internet of Things can drive efficiency for airlines and airports. In their session at @ThingsExpo, Shyam Varan Nath, Principal Architect with GE, and Sudip Majumder, senior director of development at Oracle, will discuss the technical details of the connected airline baggage and related social media solutions. These IoT applications will enhance travelers' journey experience and drive efficiency for the airlines and the airports. The session will include a working demo and a technical d...
Sep. 27, 2016 02:00 AM EDT Reads: 1,735