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Happy Bastille Day: Vive La France

July 14, 2006 - 1 Comment

PARIS, FRANCE – (In spirit) – France is in the news quite a bit these days. All the world is talking about the famous French World Cup headbutt heard around the world. Lip-readers have been hired to determine was was said* and apologies have been issued, however the World Cup still resides in Rome. Also in the news today is Bastille Day. On this same day in 1789 a movement for freedom was started when the famous prison was stormed by the French citizenry. It was an attack to the core of French royalty. The French Revolution had begun and now we have the French Republic.This blog entry is clearly about broadband. Why? Because broadband is also a revolution. It is a revolution from static, cookie-cutter information. Broadband is about anytime, anywhere information. Broadband is a personalized communication revolution. With broadband, you can have your information how you want it, when you want, where you want it and in what form you want it. Traditional, royal information fed to us via print is slowly fading away. Broadband is managing businesses, managing supply chains and managing financial markets. It is a management tool and a time-saving tool, as well as a consumer information tool. Just as the French royalty could not stop the French Revolution, so too will traditional communications not be able to stop the steady onslaught of the Broadband Revolution.As it is Bastille Day and we’re talking about broadband, I would encourage you to read a previous blog entry from my colleague in Paris, Olivier Esper. He writes about how France is also a leader in the broadband revolution.So, Happy Bastille Day and Happy Communications Revolution.*Lip readers have conjectured that Italian defender Marco Materazzi said something along the lines of “your mother and sister wear Army boots” (or some such). My thesis is that Materazzi actually said, “Italian broadband via FastWeb and Italtel is better than French broadband.” Those indeed could be head-butting words. : )

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  1. In practice, the advertised bandwidth is not always reliably available to the customer; ISPs often allow a greater number of subscribers than their backbone connection can handle, under the assumption that most users will not be using their full connection capacity very frequently. This aggregation strategy works more often than not, so users can typically burst to their full bandwidth most of the time; however, peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing systems, often requiring extended durations of high bandwidth, stress these assumptions, and can cause major problems for ISPs who have excessively overbooked their capacity. For more on this topic, see traffic shaping. As takeup for these introductory products increases, telcos are starting to offer higher bit rate services. For existing connections, this most of the time simply involves reconfiguring the existing equipment at each end of the connection.