War for the Web

March 2012

28 03.12

Packet Switching: First Look

Feel free to leave comments on the video here. We definitely want to hear what you think of our first attempt to explain the workings behind the Internet. Read more
27 03.12

Verizon and Cable, an unlikely friendship

Normally you would expect two companies offering the same services in different ways to compete with one another. That's the principal of the free market, let the best product win, et cetera. But with Verizon, Comcast, and Cox, competitors in the same industry offering the same services to consumers, this isn't what is happening. I cannot possibly give a better, more detailed explanation of what is happening than Harold Feld of Public Knowledge, so check out his explanation here: Harold Feld's Insanely Long Field Guide to the Verizon Deal. Read more
26 03.12

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Here's a great dilemma that illustrates the physicality of the Internet, and the real dollars that drive it. When the Justice Department shut down Megaupload, they froze Megaupload's ability to pay its bills. Megaupload's ISP, Carpathia Hosting, cancelled their service contract. Carpathia Hosting houses all of megaupload's content. Everything that consumers have uploaded to the site lives on Carpathia servers and hard drives. Read more

We got a shout out on Tech News Today!

Tech News Today gave us a shout out on the weekly podcast. Check out the video! Read more
22 03.12

Gizmodo’s case against Google

Gizmodo has an article today titled "The case against Google." It's an interesting read, and details some of the changes Google has made to its platform overall. It also details some of the transgressions that the author feels Google has made to its mantra "Do no evil." We believe that this article is misguided. The issue at hand is not Google or its platform changes. Google has every right to make whatever platform changes it wants. In addition it is a publicly traded company, it has an obligation to its shareholders to continue to make a profit. It needs to think be innovative to do that, otherwise it risks a lawsuit over mismanagement. Read more
21 03.12

Community Broadband

It is quite clear that communities with robust Internet connections have a competitive advantage in attracting business and educational opportunities. Having a strong local network draws these businesses in because it saves them having to build their own infrastructure. It also aids these communities in other ways. The local government rents its bandwidth to local businesses and consumers; many of these networks pay for themselves or even turn a profit. Read more
19 03.12

Google and Co-Location

We had the good fortune of sitting down with Andrew Blum last week for lunch in Brooklyn. Andrew is a journalist for Wired and just finished a book, to be released in May, called Tubes. Tubes is about the physical infrastructure of the Internet. One of the most interesting and telling aspects of the infrastructure of the Internet is that it's shared at the most important locations. Read more
16 03.12


Some of the latest news is the Yahoo lawsuits, and the major telecoms getting investigated for price-fixing. Yahoo has sued Facebook, basically stating that basically their entire service is a violation of Yahoo's intellectual property. Read more
13 03.12

Americans and the Internet

As our reliance on the Internet in this country grows more every day, and we depend on an open connection to the world wide web to conduct business, personal relationships and everything else in our lives, there are a plethora of facts that we don't consider. Read more
08 03.12

Walled Gardens

There's a term that comes up a lot when you talk about the bad old days of the Internet, before the world wide web when AOL, Compuserve and others provided access only to their networks, and not to the Internet as a whole. These were called walled gardens. The open Internet presented a vast improvement over walled gardens for a variety of reasons. First and foremost they opened the Internet to competition. In the era of walled gardens, content on the AOL network was approved by AOL. That means that the only applications, content and information that could be offered to AOL subscribers came from AOL. They acted as gatekeepers to their users and censors to the web overall. Read more