Uncommon Wisdom

Oct 1 2007   3:00PM GMT

Tech pioneers call Internet “sufficient,” only

Tom Nolle Tom Nolle Profile: Tom Nolle

In a rare show of joint Internet discontent, a group of tech pioneers that included Bob Metcalfe, Don Proctor of Cisco, Jim Bidzos of Verisign, and John Cioffi of Stanford commented that the Internet was “sufficient” which was hardly a ringing endorsement, and noted that difficulties with attitudes about the pricing and privacy of the Internet have hamstrung solving performance and reliability problems. The notion that “free market” was to be interpreted literally was the most cited problem. Interestingly, the IPsphere Forum, a global body dedicated to bringing commercial principles to pan-provider NGN infrastructure, has completed an deal that will involve at least five providers worldwide in what may be the first trial of a commercially linked but consumer-targeted IP service structure. The activity will develop through this fall and some testing is likely on the IPSF’s Pre-Commercial Testbed network this year.

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