Escape from Europe’s broadband regulation nightmare

As a result of intense lobbying, the EU has passed a set of populist ‘net neutrality’ laws as Regulation (EU) 2015/2120. These laws promote a false doctrine of fairness to packets, in the name of ‘non-discrimination’. This confuses an unintentional allocation of resources to packets with intentional justice for people.

Welcome to Notflix! Your streaming-free ISP with the best QoE!

It has been widely taken as “obvious” that a “no blocking” rule for ISPs is a good regulatory policy. Is this really the case? Does it save consumers from harm…or cause harm?

‘Net neutrality’ reading list

Science guidance for policymakers I was recently asked by a client to pull together a reading list on ‘net neutrality’. Below is the download link to the resulting PDF, plus a copy of the text for those who simply prefer to scroll. I picked out the three most important things to read, with various supporting […]

A new kind of network: RINA progress update

An interview with Dr Eduard Grasa, i2CAT Recursive InterNet Architecture (RINA) is a “return to fundamentals” redesign of data networking. (For an introduction, see my 2013 article “TCP/IP vs RINA”.) I interviewed Eduard Grasa of Fundacio i2CAT, a research centre in Barcelona. Eduard is a member of the European network research community who is actively leading cutting-edge research.

Mobile is not everything (and that’s OK)

As I type these words, I am perched on one of the benches in the main thoroughfare of the cavernous venue hosting Mobile World Congress (MWC). Above me is a video screen warning me of the perils of the infamous local pickpockets, so I know I’m definitely in Barcelona!

Why there is no “Moore’s Law” for networks

My article on the misguided belief in a “Moore’s Law” for networks has been republished in The Mobile Century magazine, distributed by the Global Telecom Women’s Network.

The case for reality-based broadband regulation

Imagine a book on astronomy that didn’t mention planets, stars, galaxies, black holes, light or gravity. You’d find it a bit of an oddity, no? Well, that’s the situation we have in broadband policy: a body of literature that has collectively disconnected from the underlying physical reality.

Network Cost & Risk Transformation

Most of the articles I write are about general communications industry issues. For a change, I have put together a short description of the services that my company and my colleagues at Predictable Network Solutions Ltd (PNSol) jointly offer.

Introducing Verbol voice: A radical take on hypervoice

In the not too distant future, intelligent machines may join us in all of our voice conversations. The early steps towards re-imaging the phone call include technologies like call recording and speech recognition. The idea of hypervoice captures the maturing of this trend of computer-enriched voice communications.

Why SDN is not enough

A hot topic in telecoms at the moment is ‘software-defined networking’ (SDN). This term covers a range of technologies that put networks under the control of centralised management software. But what if SDN misses the point of why broadband networks exist in the first place?