I Used to be the [H] News Guy
- Nov 27, 2006
Earlier this week, 11.4 million users of Time Warner Cable broadband service were knocked offline for a few hours. MIT Technology Review took a look at the incident and highlights the risk of monopolies and duopolies in the broadband market.
When just one or two companies own all the information networks in a region, the impact of any outage is increased, says James Cowie, chief scientist at Dyn, a company that provides Internet traffic management and performance assurance. Right now, last-mile monopolies and duopolies are a significant source of risk in the American Internet, and its not yet clear how to build around that, he says.