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Hey FCC, Internet Fast Lanes Are Already Widespread

2014-05-22 10:01 by


The FCC's recent attempt to allow Internet "fast lanes" has raised concerns among the public about Net neutrality. However, it turns out that these "fast lanes" aren't something new and already exist. Even more - they are far more common than generally thought, according to a new report by Frost & Sullivan analyst Dan Rayburn.

Rayburn published a blog post and chart that shows which ISPs the likes of Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Netflix, Pandora, eBay, and Apple have direct connections with. Dan Rayburn's chart:

"What you can see on the chart is that all of the major content owners have negotiated direct business relationships with multiple ISPs for their [content delivery network]," Rayburn wrote.

Most of the companies operate their own content delivery network (CDN), a global network of storage servers that cache content close to where it will be viewed. That local caching reduces bandwidth costs and makes it easier to scale the service over a wide area. The consequence of this is that companies without the money to invest in a private CDN or pay for an ISP-specific peering agreement are left to fend for themselves on the open Internet.

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