ISPs bickering like schoolyard pre-teens

Cogent & Sprint ought to be sent to their rooms without dinner for their puerile behaviour.

Ars Technica reported a “disagreement” between Cogent Communications and Sprint. Cogent is a relatively large American wholesale Internet Service Provider that services business, government agencies, and universities. Sprint is the well-known network that services individuals and small groups.

Spend a few minutes reading the Ars Technica article, and I dare you to tell me this doesn’t exactly mirror a childish schoolyard argument.

I’m not interested in which mega-corporation is right. As far as I’m concerned, they’re both wrong, because the only real people who are suffering are the employees of the Cogent’s client firms and the customers of Sprint. And they get no say in this whatsoever.

And yet, it’s companies like Cogent and Sprint that form the backbone of the Internet and allow all the rest of us to get real, meaningful work done.

I so sincerely wish these big, dumb companies would just frickin’ grow up. Let’s face it, corporate entities that remain that distracted and even engaged by their own and their competition’s witless behaviours shouldn’t be trusted with keeping the Internet running. If they can’t keep their eye on the ball, then they’re going to produce buggy networks, dropped calls, poor Internet connections, insecure data transfers,….

Right. Stuff we regular “user” folks are already putting up with. And it’s time we regular “user” folk started making more noise about not tolerating this kind of crap. Of course, without proper competition among telecom providers, we’ll have little alternative – unless we go back to pen & paper, which may not be such a bad thing. At least it will get us to focus more on the present and pay attention to what we’re doing and saying and writing. Too much of today’s Internet traffic is dedicated to shallow, ill-considered sound-bites. Maybe putting the Internet on pause for a while is just what we need. And it would surely teach mega-childish mega-companies a lesson.


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