End of the Net, Longlive the Net


ElectricNews: After telling IIA Congress participants that the internet is dying, Graham Whitehead predicted a bright future for broadband and networked technology. Now that might seem like any oxymoron, but there is some element of truth to what he says.

He said that the anarchic and hazardous nature of the public internet meant that companies were now constructing supervised private IP networks. These private networks would be able to handle the amount of traffic that would be generated when broadband was ubiquitous, phone networks were IP-based, and common household objects had their own IP addresses. “The internet is dead, or dying; it’s full of viruses, worms and porn, you have to wear a kevlar suit before you go online” he said. “BT is creating a private network, which will be joined to other private networks, to which we will add voice over IP.”



John… good points you bring up there. I think with all these services we are supposed to be paying for, will mean that we need better network. internet protocol is good, open networks don’t know, and some sort of “quasi private nets” might be the way to go.

john mccclenny

Any big ISP is going to have to build a firewalled private network just to try and keep the network running.

The big advantage we have inside an ISP network is the tieing of IP addresses to physical locations. If someone is doing something bad, the problem can be isolated and corrected.

I suspect that ISPs, particularly those delivering IPTV, will get more deeply involved in keeping home users PCs virus and worn protected. Not doing so could result in DDOS attacks that would prevent TV from being deliverec – not an acceptable result.

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