Fiber to the People!
Fiber to the People! Internet Neutrality is a phrase being thrown around a lot today, whether you’re CNN or John Oliver of Last Week Tonight. The nation is buzzing with opinions and the majority of them are in favor of retaining neutrality for the internet as a whole. The FCC meanwhile has put the subject to public opinion while big service providers are busy lobbying for the ability to d what they want. Google, Netflix, Apple and more have all rallied behind the cause of an open and free world wide web. Following in that vein director of network engineering for Google Fiber, Jeffrey Burgan sent tremors through the internet when he posted a blog outlining why Google Fiber will not be charging content providers for “fast lanes” or priority connection services.
By offering to bring content providers into their own facilities, Google Fiber will be short-cutting the usual round about and possible bottle-necks that traditional connections provide. While colocation and peering aren’t new concepts to us, the idea still seems only a step short of revolutionary. Data centers are a growing industry still, but with ISPs willing to bring content providers into their facilities will the privately owned data center become obsolete?
Check out more about Google’s decision here: http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2014/05/why-google-fiber-unlike-comcast-gives-netflix-free-peering/
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