Cleaning up the network

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Many industry professionals sensibly opt to converse in analogies, simplifying the clear-as-mud world of four letter acronyms to instead – for example - paint the world of broadband as a motorway with dirt track off-ramps, and draw parallels between airlines and telcos to describe the highly differentiated services-led approaches needed to combat the commoditization of bandwidth.

My favourite of these old chestnuts is the concept of ISPs and telcos as utility providers; that somehow the provision of data services is very much the same as water, for instance. Both have the reservoirs (backbone), pipes (DSL), taps (CPE), meters (billing), the list goes on... It's a ...

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