23 Jun

BBC News – Netherlands makes net neutrality a law

The Dutch may become the first in Europe to use Skype and other web-based services on smartphones for no extra charge.

On 22 June, the Dutch Parliament passed a law stopping mobile operators from blocking or charging extra for voice calling done via the net.

The bill must now pass through the Dutch senate, but its passage is expected to be a formality.

The move may prove crucial in Europe’s on-going debate over net neutrality.

Net neutrality is controversial around the world, with heated discussions on the subject taking place in the United States, Europe and many other regions.

The idea it enshrines is that all internet traffic should be treated equally, regardless of its type – be it video, audio, e-mail, or the text of a web page.

via BBC News – Netherlands makes net neutrality a law. The Netherlands of course makes the right call.

11 Feb

Think big with a gig: Our experimental fiber network – Official Google Blog

We're planning to build and test ultra high-speed broadband networks in a small number of trial locations across the United States. We'll deliver Internet speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today with 1 gigabit per second, fiber-to-the-home connections. We plan to offer service at a competitive price to at least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people.

via Official Google Blog: Think big with a gig: Our experimental fiber network. More awesomeness then I can possibly imagine about this.

A few major thoughts however:

  1. Google as an ISP would retain a ton more data than they already do, in fact everything that I do via the web or an internet based service they could harvest and collect.
  2. It also gives them a lot of power over my ability to surf the web. This is both a good and bad thing, they say they will make the web truly neutral, but they could also insert advertising on top of every page that I see.
  3. 1GB internet speed changes the idea of what you can do with the internet and makes the idea of real cloud-computing (dumb terminals with just a monitor, keyboard, mouse and an internet connection) a viable thought for most people.