Considerations on Internet Consolidation and the Internet Architecture
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Network Working Group                                           J. Arkko
Internet-Draft                                                  Ericsson
Intended status: Informational                               B. Trammell
Expires: September 13, 2019                                   ETH Zurich
                                                           M. Nottingham
                                                                  Fastly
                                                              C. Huitema
                                                    Private Octopus Inc.
                                                              M. Thomson
                                                                 Mozilla
                                                             J. Tantsura
                                                          Nuage Networks
                                                            N. ten Oever
                                                 University of Amsterdam
                                                          March 12, 2019

 Considerations on Internet Consolidation and the Internet Architecture
             draft-arkko-iab-internet-consolidation-01

Abstract

   Many of us have held a vision of the Internet as the ultimate
   distributed platform that allows communication, the provision of
   services, and competition from any corner of the world.  But as the
   Internet has matured, it seems to also feed the creation of large,
   centralised entities in many areas.  This phenomenon could be looked
   at from many different angles, but this memo considers the topic from
   the perspective of how available technology and Internet architecture
   drives different market directions.

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1.  Introduction

   Many of us have held a vision of the Internet as the ultimate
   distributed platform that allows communication, the provision of
   services, and competition from any corner of the world.  But as the
   Internet has matured, it seems to also feed the creation of large,
   centralised entities in many areas.

   We use the term Internet consolidation to refer to the process of the
   increasing control over Internet infrastructure and services by a
   small set of organizations.  Such concentration has an obvious effect
   on traffic flows or whose services and systems are in daily use by
   large population of Internet users, but it can also create secondary
   effects, where the abiity to collect information or to affect
   something is concentrated in the small set of organizations.

   Consolidation may also affect technology choices and the evolution of
   the Internet architecture, e.g., large organizations or organizations
   providing important technology components may have a significant
   impact on what technology is deployed for large numbers of users or
   by other organizations.

   Our first question is whether Internet is indeed consolidating?  It
   certainly appears so, though more quantitative research on this topic
   would be welcome.  It is also possible that there's only a perception
   of consolidation, as market forces have caused business changes in
   new areas of business.  Arguably, today's consolidation areas seem to
   be more in the application space than further down in the stack or in
   the operating systems, as was the case some years ago.  The second
   question is if we're seeing consolidation simply moving to new areas.
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