I recommend some quality time with journals covering South
Korea, broadband, online gaming and video rental.


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Wired covered several of these topics in their August issue.

The article points out several subtle, yet fundamental,
changes that happen socially and psychologically once the
broadband network is available everywhere, to virtually
everyone, all the time. We have yet to experience this in
the US. I suspect that when it happens, it will be much
different than we expect it to be, technically and

We still have to remember that for all the hype about the
Internet, the killer app is still email and instant
messenging. The "killer apps" on Internet2 (video
conferencing, digital libraries, media-rich collaboration),
which give some indication of what the future killer app
will be, seem to be equally mundane (but exciting at the
same time).


Still seems that none of these "requires" peering every 100 km. Latency is still not a factor in this case.

People seem to prefer cost of quality at this time.


Pick any two.

As far as digital libraries and content and such... proxies and caches would fill the roll here. Akamai content servers or caches fed by something akin to Cidera's satellite feed to your caches [sitting on your network] would fill the need quite nicely.

Local peering has 2 benefits right now: 1) reducing network costs (transit and backbone band) 2) decreasing latency

Right now these two benefits are in not a factor in the present environment in my opinion....

Used to be when it first came out, Wired was a mag the best quality printing
on no substance I had ever seen, really seemed like a borderline artist mag.
The colors were amazing. I see now, upon looking at a recent issue, their
content seems to have improved dramatically.