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Level3 is without peer, now what to do?

Cringely:

The idea here is pretty clear: these five ISPs want to be paid extra for doing the job they are already being paid for. Extra ports are required to handle the current level of traffic and these companies are assuming that when the pain becomes great enough — that’s our pain, by the way — Level3 or some Level3 customer like Netflix will pay the extra money to make the problem go away.

The major ISPs (basically any one of Comcast, Time Warner Cable, CenturyLink, Charter Communications, AT&T U-verse, Cox Communications, and Verizon FiOS) want to essentially freeze the current, busted-ass, infrastructure, and get end-users and major traffic users like Netflix to pay for the newer, better, infrastructure, then charge us all extra after we’ve paid for it. Net Neutrality has to die for them to achieve this, so they’re making their big push to kill it.

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The Web Is a Customer Service Medium

Paul Ford has written maybe the cleverest thing I’ve read about the web in as long as I can remember.

via Aaron Swartz

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The ACTA Internet Chapter OR “Goodbye, Internet”

Leaked from the secret meetings in Seoul. It’s hard to view this as anything but an attempt by big business to employ government in propping up their busted-ass business models around the world.

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Jason Scott: Saving 4Chan

Jason’s acquired about 5 years worth of expired threads from the internet’s House of Awful Shit and Meme Factory, 4chan. Yes, this is culturally important. Just trust me.

via Andy Baio.

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NYT Bits Blog on The Cost of Bandwidth

Hint: It’s falling, not rising. Time Warner got into a big shit-fight over imposing bandwidth caps, which Rogers has already done here in Canada.

Here’s an exercise to illustrate how fucked the telecom industry is: Raise your hand if you believe a word that comes from Comcast, Time Warner, or AT&T.