Net Neutrality Makes the Evening News
Sure, we in the IP community think net neutrality is a big deal. However, yesterday net neutrality hit the big time, the evening news. Although telecommunications is a very large industry employing millions of Americans, it seldom gets front page attention, a term like “net neutrality” gets even less.
Going into the weekend I had no idea as to what the recipe of the week would be. I didn’t have a hankering for anything and I hadn’t purchase anything that needed to be cooked. Friday, my wife made a shrimp casserole that was pretty good. It consisted of shrimp, cream, cheese and very few vegetables.
The latest FCC report on the state of broadband in the US labels broadband as “scarce”. That is hardly the case. Several good things have come from the FCC this year regarding broadband. First, it was useful to announce a globally competitive target to deliver 100-Mbps services to 100 million households by 2020.
It has been more than two years since I began writing this blog so I was a little surprised that the discussion regarding Level 3 and Comcast merited a “what does this have to do with Broadvox?" response. Just as Butterball reaches out to bad or adventurous cooks every Thanksgiving with advice on cooking turkey because someone either just became of age, got married or decided it was worth the effort. I understand I need to restate the purpose of this blog from time to time. This blog is not about Broadvox.
Most IT managers find it easy to determine how much bandwidth they need for data and it is not difficult to determine the bandwidth requirement for a SIP Trunk. With the Broadvox service a SIP Trunk should have an allocation of 88KB per Concurrent Call Sessions (CCS). The standard does allow for some variability in this rate depending upon options and even Broadvox engineers will sometimes use 100KB in order to have a bit of leeway. This is referred to in some calculations as the “fudge factor”.
It has been an interesting week for bandwidth utilization discussions. First, there is the announcement by Level 3 that they have been forced by Comcast to pay higher fees to terminate traffic over the Comcast network. It is suspected that the traffic demands of Netflix users has reached a point that it is upsetting the previous traffic sharing or, possibly, peering arrangement between Level 3 and Comcast. Although the discussion rapidly evolved into a debate about net neutrality, a larger question looms.