[Discuss] Real internet provider in Victoria?

pw p.willis at telus.net
Sat Nov 4 14:14:52 PDT 2017

There should just be IP6 address provider companies.

The network is mal-designed in that it requires intermediaries
to hold a block of addresses from the pool rather than just
having a flat address space where any specific address can exist
at any physical location.

The IP system is more political than functional.

What the world needs is either ubiquitous IP6 satellite WIFI,
or publicly owned ubiquitous fibre and 'last mile' infrastructure.

Either that or cap the maximum size of communications companies
and break up Telus/Shaw/Rogers/etc .

Small markets like Canada will never get competition with so few
infrastructure providers because consumers are captive to their region.


On 2017-11-04 11:03 AM, Darren Duncan wrote:
> On 2017-11-04 9:01 AM, Deryk Barker (Honorary Colleague) wrote:
>> Does it not strike anyone else as strange that you can switch 
>> telephone providers and keep the same number, even though the 
>> technology is well over a century old, yet email addresses...
> I recall it took government intervention to make that work with 
> telephone numbers, and that only happened relatively recently, maybe a 
> decade or so ago.
> As for your comparison, I would say that is apples and oranges.  Moving 
> telephone numbers around is more like moving domain names around, or 
> possibly IP addresses.  An individual foo at shaw.ca email is akin to 
> phoning Shaw and then entering a phone extension number to connect to an 
> individual desk in the company.  Not being able to port a phone number 
> is like not being able to move your own domain name from one host to 
> another.
> It is true though that ISPs should at least temporarily sell an 
> email/hosting-only service so one can pay to maintain an address 
> independently of using them as a pipe.
> -- Darren Duncan
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