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Re: <nettime> Olivier Auber: Network symetry and net neutrality
Dmytri Kleiner on Tue, 5 Mar 2013 04:14:01 +0100 (CET)


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Re: <nettime> Olivier Auber: Network symetry and net neutrality


On 26.02.2013 00:05, Florian Cramer wrote:

Today, nobody uses http proxies for those purposes any more. In a time
where most information on the Internet is dynamically generated, this
issue  has become obsolete.

The issue as presented by Van Jacobson is today addressed by content ditribution networks like Akamai, CloudFlare, etc. Caching is very much in use today, not only at on the CDN, but also in the stack of most major sites, who use proxies like Varnish. Strategies like HTTP ETags are used to identify when dynamically generated content has not changed and can be retrieved from local cache.

[...]

In the end, it would be mostly big broadcasting stations profiting from
IP multicasting because they would have to pay much less for bandwidth -
while those packets would still generate the same transmission load on
the rest of the Internet and thus outsource costs to the user's ISPs.

Yes, this is true, multicast does not help day-to-day peers sharing as such, but it does allow less well capitilized organizations to broadcast to a larger audience when they have one, like for instance coverage of a large scale political action, and thus it is in a political issue, since without it, only institutions such as google can broadcast to large audiences.

I agree that it is a different issue than P2P.

Best,

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Dmytri Kleiner
Venture Communist


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