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Comment Not that surprising thanks to CALEA (Score 1) 74 74

Since the US has required access network operators to implement CALEA support many products are already being designed with lawful intercept functionality anyways. Implementing it isn't a problem really, just so long as it's not abused it's not that different from a telephone wiretap.

Comment Re:Yes it is a peering problem ... (Score 1) 243 243

Eyeball networks didn't usually get settlement free peering to begin with. Until you had these huge eyeballs form like Comcast that kind of peering was between the transit ISPs themselves. Comcast used to be a customer of these ISPs, and didn't get the peering agreements until they started congesting links by dropping transit services. I found information on this discussed on the NANOG mailing list from 2010, so this has been going on for a number of years already.

Comment Re:Why can't (Score 1) 349 349

Electricity, water, and natural gas all "consume" physical product. Bits on a wire don't actually consume anything, other than the electricity used to put them there but thats mostly constant. Bandwidth is a time limited function, not product limited. "Unused" bandwidth on a link is just wasted time with no useful data traversing the wire.

Comment Zediva (Score 5, Informative) 147 147

I think this will put it pretty plainly why.

http://news.slashdot.org/story/11/08/02/1852232/zediva-shut-down-by-federal-judge-mpaa-parties

If they sued someone over a remote DVD playback, then they would also license it differently and probably not under more favorable terms than "traditional" streaming.

Comment Re:It's not arrogant, it's correct. (Score 1) 466 466

What about when there isn't a provider between Netflix and AT&T? This is the case when Netflix wants to peer directly with an ISP and offers caching appliances that the ISP can host inside their network. This removes the "provider" from Netflix.

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