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"The internet is not just an enormous television network, any more than Las Vegas is just an enormous casino. But the dominant use informs the popular conception, which in turn plays an outsize role in determining the development roadmap…..the future begins when chicken/egg parlor exercises give way to decisive action."
“Today’s asymmetrical up-and-down broadband speeds discourage coding, entrepreneurship, big data, and video origination because in each case the result is greater upstream traffic and that may be hindered by asymmetric broadband speeds. Symmetrical broadband speeds at reasonable prices should be encouraged.”
“There is no reason to assume that broadband speeds should remain asymmetric. Both download and upload bit rates affect the latency (the time delay) associated with a particular networking task. The need for faster upload speeds is already apparent as applications requiring two-way video communication become commonplace, which demand equal speeds both upstream and down.”
"The more upstream speed that is available, the more it is used. In Asia – where many operators offer high upstream bitrates – significantly more upstream bandwidth is used. The ratio of upstream to downstream usage in Asia is 1:3, compared with 1:20 in Europe.“
"We believe technology paves the way for innovation. We've seen businesses in many industries -- from architecture to medicine to film and music -- take advantage of faster upload speeds to work collaboratively and expand their reach."
“The common argument made by many ISPs against switching to symmetric networks is that there aren’t a lot of applications designed to take advantage of those types of network. It’s a catch-22: It’s difficult for the private sector to effectively roll out these applications when they’d be unusable for most of broadband customers in most of the country, and ISPs won’t deliver the service because there are no applications for it.”
"A high-end user's connection speed grows by 50% per year....Nielsen's law is similar to the more established Moore's law. Unfortunately, comparing the two laws shows that bandwidth grows slower than computer power. Moore's law says that computers double in capabilities every 18 months, which corresponds to about 60% annual growth.... bandwidth will remain the gating factor in the experienced quality of using the internet medium."