Sun's McNealy Gets It Backwards

According to a Network World article posted today:

Telecommunication companies need to go beyond just providing bandwidth and look into acquiring Internet destination sites that are heavily trafficked, Sun Chairman Scott McNealy said on Friday.

McNealy gets it precisely backwards. What the net needs is a complete separation between bandwidth and application.

When the bandwidth provider is also the service provider, they don't have an incentive to make the network work well for anything but their applications. Want to watch a movie on Comcast cable television service? No problem! Want to watch the same movie on a peer-to-peer service across your Comcast broadband connection? Whups, that's being throttled.

McNealy's vision is good for Sun: it would boost demand for their equipment. But it's very bad telecom policy.

Read the full article here: McNealy: Telcos falling behind in Internet race