smart grid + pay your share

interesting discussion about how to bring more parts of growing industry to pay their share for universal services.

Will the FCC Impose Fees on Smart Grid Connections? somewhere in tweetland titled - again - "killing" innovation, but that needs yet to be seen.

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how to blot innovation

another twist to the carrier stories and how they follow their own track to gain control again.

to the right (seen from europe) boingboing points to a similar story done by the record industry.

copyright and innovation: the untold story

anyhow, a lot has been said over the last years about copyright. not always to the amusement of industry: there is the us: gao report 2010, and well, the oecd paper: magnitute of counterfeiting and piracy of tangible products, 2009 about numbers and no there are no real numbers for intellectual property piracy.

while to the left, geoff huston adds yet another piece to the plot: one might call it "how slow telcos tick" – or play their business as usual.

What is this "new sustainable economic model for the Internet"? What sustainable model is so unsustainable that it is only achievable through a path of regulatory intervention and the imposition of ongoing regulatory measures within the supply chains of carriage and content services for the Internet? | carriage vs. content

... and one wants to add: they got it all nearly for free. at least users got into the net without regulations, but a code of conduct by the internetworking community. however you had to ignore the official ones. at that time the end of monopolies was near, and the ppts earned a s* load of money, as one had to pay for their access per minute bundles with the usual local telephone rate. flat-fee was not invented in the early days of the '90s ...

actually the argument from the content industry,

"Access is essentially reselling our content, but not paying for it. This is theft! You owe us money!"
is as stupid as telling the paper industry that they need to pay for content, as their plane paper doesn't have enough value without it add transport industry, stores, sales people, ... all involved in the supply chain. this is also true vice versa.

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telcos versus costs for society

carrier and wireless
p3k set the pointer to an article that carriers are the biggest thread to innovation: today phone companies cling to carrier's coat-tails, "developing what they ask for instead of taking risks and testing new concepts in the marketplace" (McRae, Vizio, link above).

anyhow, some companies as google are already investing in new satellite projects: o3b estimated start: 2013. another project in the pipeline is msci's commstellation, a canadian endeavor, scheduled for 2015.

carriers and fibre to the home (ftth)
another never ending carrier story is "fibre to the home". in the uk farmer's lady chris conder and her team of b4rn are celebrated heroes by uk ispa's recent event. they entered the provider business and dig up the last mile by themselves. they are farmers, so they know how to dig, (guess, that was a quote. yet as i don't have the source by hand, i don't label it as such for the time being.)

telcos themselves have done a lot of studies in the 1970s already. they even organized a whole track dedicated to optical communication systems back in 1975 at their "world telecommunication forum". charles k. kao gave a speech at this event. in 2009 he received the noble prize in physics, but even that didn't itch national operating telcos aka ptts up to today.

..The substance of the paper was presented at an IEE meeting on January 27, 1966. Most of the world did not take notice – except for the British Post Office (BPO) and the U.K. Ministry of Defence, who immediately launched major research programs. By the end of 1966, three groups in the U.K. were studying the various issues involved: I myself at STL; Roberts at BPO; Gambling at Southampton in collaboration with Williams at the Ministry of Defence Laboratory.
... Since the deployment of the first-generation, 45 Mb/s fiber optic communication system in 1976, the transmission capacity in a single fiber has rapidly increased: we now talk about terabits per second. In order to understand the fundamental limits of fiber-optic communication, the Terabit per Second Optoelectronic Project was launched during 1982–85, involving ten research organizations. The target technology, three orders of magnitude higher than the then state-of-the-art, was considered impossible at the time. | kao's noble prize lecture, 2009

astonishingly c. kao predicted 1975 the deployment of fibre the other way around: first – he thought – short-haul will be provided, long-haul will follow. well in hindsight we know it happened the other way around. we have long-haul and despite testcases as @21 districts in cities, which were funded by the eu+nation state, not many last miles are lit. however, on the 6th of october 1975, the fibre optic world looked promising:

... despite the greater economic benefits of very high capacity systems, it is probably that lower capacity systems, say 2.048, 8.448 or 34.304 Mb/s, may be introduced into heavily loaded parts of junction networks before long-haul high capacity systems. short-haul video links are a likely candidate for early introduction also.
various specialised non-PTT applications are already well advanced and will precede PTT applications, including aircraft, ships, high voltage electricity-generating and industrial sites, etc. bearing in mind the experience soon to be gained from these, and the demonstrably excellent economics, introduction of fibre optic systems in PTT networks may confidently be expected by the early 1980s. | k.c.kao, m.e. collier, fibre-optic systems in future telecommunication networks, 1975

economics of fibre-optics as seen in 1975

- the normal trend for decreasing cost per circuit with increasing capacity becomes even more marked with fibre optics, because cable costs do not increase greatly and repeater spacing reduced only slightly with increasing capacity.
- fibre optic systems appear more economical than coaxial cable systems over the entire range, but may not compete with low capacity systems on VF-type pair cable.
moreover, the small size and light weight could revolutionised installation techniques and permit a much greater usage of duct space - areas of very high cost at the present time.

in need for new equations
1) it should be taken into account, what telco's attitude actually costs the public. what does it cost that they laid out copper instead of fibre to the home for 30 years? at least 30 years, as the success and use of fibre was well proofed as early as 1980s, long-haul provider know well. And, ~18years therefrom as monopolists in most parts of europe.

2) what are the costs of cable, including power-feeding, repeaters, multiplex equipment costs, and ducts.

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