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Net Neutrality & Web Content providers installing servers at ISPs

From: Noah Mendelsohn <nrm@arcanedomain.com>
Date: Sat, 09 Jun 2012 11:47:28 -0400
Message-ID: <4FD37010.7020804@arcanedomain.com>
To: "www-tag@w3.org" <www-tag@w3.org>
Not entirely mew news, but a recent Wired posting [1] focuses attention on 
massive investment by certain large content providers who are installing 
CDN servers near the edges of the networks at ISP sites. Thus, a Youtube or 
Netflix video served using such an arrangement might result in only local 
network traffic, while a similar video sourced from another provider might 
transit the long-haul network. Obviously, there are important financial 
implications, but also architectural questions relating to net neutrality 
and the ability for the Web to continue to evolve in a decentralized manner.

I'm not suggesting any particular action by the TAG on this just now, but 
it does seem to be a trend we should be tracking.

Noah

[1] http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2012/06/cdn/
Received on Saturday, 9 June 2012 15:49:03 UTC

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