There is a lot of dialogue about net-neutrality, what isn’t really discussed is this problem:
Jeff Reading, a communications director for Mayor Ed Murray, told MyNorthwest.com that the city wants people to limit their “non-essential mobile conversation” so that cell networks can stay unclogged in case of emergencies.
Basically the mobile internet was not built to handle video and the huge volume of images that we’re creating.
Everyone involved in creating rich media applications knows this or should…
There is a debate raging over how do we pay for the necessary infrastructure upgrade.
This is a classic IT vs Business Group debate with no CEO in charge to make a decision. In a traditional company the business team wants something out of IT, and IT is happy to provide as long the business group provides the budget … These debates go on for months until someone either finds another way to solve the problem or someone caves.
In a more socialist country, the state would just foot the bill and we would have better pipes. In our less socialist country, corporate entities argue amongst themselves and appointed officials make decisions based on interpretations of the law that result in further litigation that ultimately result in someone paying the bill…
The basic problem is the following:
- The content management companies and content distribution companies want to force IT to pay for the bill from their budget
- IT wants to get a piece of the action and wants the content management businesses to pay more for the infrastructure build out.
And billions of dollars of wealth for the owners and senior managers of those companies are at stake. This will take a while to resolve. The infrastructure build out to support the new network is going to be colossal. We are going to need new handsets, towers, gateways and backbones and all of that is going to be very expensive to replace and upgrade.
The one company that is taking an orthogonal point-of-view to this debate is Google. Google is basically telling IT: Screw you… if you won’t build it we will… And so we have Google Fiber. And Google’s action may force traditional IT to pay for the upgrade through internal operational optimization rather than new sources of revenue … Proving to me, at least, Google is one of the most interesting companies on the planet.