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Brexit: Political Upside Imperative

June, 2016

There has been widespread indoctrination to disbelieve that 1) the quality of life for people across the globe is as high as ever, and 2) it has become that way because of the past adoption of the principles of inalienable rights, limited government interference, private property protection, and free market capitalism. Instead the world is left with lots of leaders promoting demagoguery. These elitists get in the way of the true promise of the Internet’s existence – the improvement of the human condition through the interconnection of the specialized activities of billions of individuals, which would eliminate much of the need for large federalistic entities (such as the European Union), for outdated academic institutions, and for inefficient multinational corporations. In short, they are against the very beneficial effects of the decentralization of economic and political power....

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If Verizon Has Vague Rationale, Think FCC

September, 2016

For Verizon, there has been the matter of a tremendous buildout of Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) infrastructure in the past, which was clearly cost prohibitive, or more recently, supposedly picking up this activity with solutions that do not make sense technically. There have also been the head-scratchers on the purchases of both AOL and Yahoo, the former we addressed over a year earlier. They all have one aspect in common. They are either a means of finding additional ways of obscurely taking fuller advantage of FCC rulings that are favorable to the service provider or of finding an outlet of escape from those regulations unfavorable to the company. During the last decade, Verizon appeared to be justifiably criticized by analysts on the Street and others for its massive construction of FTTH, particularly at the beginning of the process. The economics were not justifiable and there...

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Submarine Festoons Needed in US

November, 2016

Although undersea festoon networks can be found in many parts of the world, one would be hard-pressed to locate a single case in the States. From the perspectives of lower cost, speedier and simpler deployment, as well as indiscernible environmental impact, they should be a slam dunk. Nevertheless, for many years, the permission that is necessary from the various individual localities (all with different requirements) along with the studies that are demanded on both the west and east coasts of the country have made the otherwise practical usage of festoon applications cost-prohibitive, especially given the relatively short distances of the loops in this kind of an infrastructure. It is just one more example of how governmental bodies along with extremists on the environment get in the way of technological progress. In addressing the relatively small number of influential...

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Xtera’s New CFO May be Its Only Hope

November, 2016

Joe Chinnici was unceremoniously let go by Ciena, as the ex-Nortel executives at the company evidently advocated replacing him. In complying to the Sarbanes-Oxley requirements, there were initial glitches in those new rules, and deals were being held up – he apparently became a scapegoat. Along with the CTO, he was an important check against the Nortel coup. Now Chinnici has taken on the major challenge of turning around Xtera Communications, which will hardly be an easy task. If the very competent executive is successful, it would be one of the most remarkable accomplishments in the history of the optical space. Toward the end of last year, we wrote an article called, “Xtera IPO an Act...

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Metro 100G “Heresy”

December, 2016

In a 2015 post discussing an OFC presentation of a well-known engineer in the business, titled “ROADMs Instead of Metro 100G Systems?”, the response from a technologist was, “Very interesting view, some may cry heresy.” fibeReality has been consistently rather bearish on public network deployment of metro 100G gear, including an earlier article: “Absurdity of Stressing Metro 100G Now,” posted in January 2015. During this month, we pointed to Cisco Systems’ silence on the matter as well as on our daily update...

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