Data Roads, Sharing Networks, and DIY Movements.

We often stumble around different links on the web to discover unexpected and new items. Yesterday I came across this blog post about installing a DIY barbecue island in a new back patio, written by someone I’ve never heard of before at 231BLOG. A few of the pictures struck me as possible depictions of private data roads installations, shown below.

pipe-lines-for-BBQ

My only criticism of the above design is that a single Cat6a cable could take the place of both the coaxial TV cable and speaker line, and possibly a DC power line as well (if used with the proper Power over Ethernet equipment). Then you could get power, sound, video, and anything else that can be encoded as binary data via a single line. Of course, once you start seeing places to put data cables, they start appearing everywhere. Read the rest of this entry »

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A few different takes on Net Neutrality

Lists like this should all be prefaced with this statement of fact: there is absolutely no legitimate support for ending network neutrality anywhere, and anyone acting against net neutrality has a direct and personal short-term financial interest in fostering network monopolies and online extortion. This is usually because they are being paid directly by the incumbent monopolists and extortionists, either as a lobbyist or another form of political campaign financier.

Network neutrality protects capitalist competition online against corrupt government officials picking crony market winners and losers, so there is no legitimate economic or political argument to be made against net neutrality. The only rational discussion left is about how to act to restore net neutrality in the US and abroad, and how quickly.

Let’s start with a lighthearted and semi-serious take on the issues. Of all main stream media analysis, John Oliver’s new show does the best work on this topic.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) on Net Neutrality

Next up is a similar mainstream analysis of net neutrality, this time with a target audience who frequently plays video games.

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Open letter to Los Angeles City’s Information Technology Agency

In response to the City of Los Angeles Community Broadband Network (LACBN)
Initiative and related Request for Information (RFI)

An open letter to:
Steve Reneker
General Manager
Information Technology Agency
200 N. Main St. 14th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90012
213-978-3311
Steve.Reneker@LAcity.org

On behalf of:
Data Roads Foundation
1793 Northwood Ct.
Oakland, CA. 94611
http://DataRoads.org/

Data Roads Foundation is responding to this City of Los Angeles Community Broadband Network (LACBN) Initiative and the related Request for Information (RFI), despite the fact it asks the all wrong questions based on a nonsensical approach to infrastructure investment, as defined here:

http://ita.lacity.org/ForResidents/CommunityBroadband/LACBNProject/index.htm

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Los Angeles City gives away yet another monopoly

Los Angeles City officials have figured out yet another way to give an Internet access monopoly away to the incumbent haves, while pretending they’re doing it all for the poor have-nots. They are calling it the City of Los Angeles Community Broadband Network (LACBN), even though their stated approach is nothing like the community fiber networks already deployed in much smaller cities in the US — including the Chattanooga fiber network which was cited in the LACBN FAQ. That FAQ also contains the key flaw in the whole LACBN unicorn-hunting farce — both the question and answer in #4:

4) Why wouldn’t the City have LADWP build out the fiber network and offer internet services?

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