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The internet will miss John Perry Barlow

John Perry Barlow was an pioneer in the fight for a free and open internet, but his unique, larger-than-life legacy was forged by deep contributions to both technology and popular culture.

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Internet slowdowns might become a thing of the past

A new way of providing the same optical bandwidth optimization as one sees in huge-scale core networks could appear in homes and small businesses.

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Interconnection is bringing the future faster than ever

Interconnection is behind the explosion of tech trends that have been with us for decades.

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Will China start blocking SD-WAN traffic…today?

The mystery should start clearing up very soon, so you should sit tight for now before racing off for a technology decision that might constrain you going forward.

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Mingis on Tech: How networking will evolve in 2018

From Cisco's plans for intent-based networking to SD-WAN, IoT and 5G pilot programs, the networking industry is growing and changing by leaps and bounds. Here's what's likely to be top of mind in the industry this year.

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The loss of net neutrality: Say goodbye to a free and open internet

Update Dec. 14, 2017: In a 3-to-2 vote along party lines, the Federal Communications Commission has repealed the net neutrality regulations that prevented internet service providers (ISPs) from charging customers more for...

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New global internet reliability concerns emerge

Undersea internet-carrying cables are susceptible to a cut and are an accident waiting to happen, experts say.

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5 ways to shape Ajit Pai's proposal to actually benefit broadband users via net neutrality

Here's what should have been included in Pai’s arrogant proposal at light-handed regulation that would actually create jobs and give broadband users a better experience.

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Will the end of net neutrality crush the Internet of Things?

The FCC announced its plans to do away with net neutrality rules. What effect will that have on IoT?

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Blockchain poised to disrupt traditional retail operations

Smart contracts and a blockchain-based decentralized database platform could provide direct sales to consumers and reduce prices by 30%.

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7 ways IoT is reshaping the internet

IoT is no longer just the next phase of the Internet—it’s fundamentally reshaping the core characteristics of the internet as we know it.

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History of computers, part 2 — TCP/IP owes a lot to Xerox PUP

An interview with Robert Taylor, former manager of Xerox PARC, shows TCP/IP designs were based a lot on the PARC Universal Packet (PUP) networking protocol suite.

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Decoding DOCSIS 3.1

Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS) 3.1 offers a number of benefits for cable providers, telecom operators and consumers alike.

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Private networks still the best option for global companies

Aryaka study finds that SD-WAN performs well over short hops, but private WAN performs far better over the longest distances.

Moving fast and making friends: the power of a tight-knit industry community

Despite the gigantic weight of the industries built on the internet, at its core the internet operates atop a relatively small set of systems. DNS, the entry point to nearly every online application and a key anchor of the internet,...

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Weird IP networks: Internet via birds and ham radios

When disaster strikes and internet access is knocked out, how can you communicate? Ham radios and IP over Avian Carriers are two options.

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2 options for deciding open computing standards—neither is great

The current way open computing standards are decided is broken. Deciding what to replace it with, though, is difficult. There’s no one easy solution.

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When disasters strike, edge computing must kick in

Gathering data for situational awareness should still take place during natural disasters, even if there’s no internet, say scientists. Edge computing must perform the task.

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