Saturday August 30, 2014

Time Warner Cable Outage Caused by Human Error

Earlier this week, 11.4 million users of Time Warner Cable broadband service were knocked offline for a few hours. MIT Technology Review took a look at the incident and highlights the risk of monopolies and duopolies in the broadband market.

When just one or two companies own all the information networks in a region, the impact of any outage is increased, says James Cowie, chief scientist at Dyn, a company that provides Internet traffic management and performance assurance. "Right now, last-mile monopolies and duopolies are a significant source of risk in the American Internet, and it’s not yet clear how to build around that," he says.

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