Nice write-up by Confluence Denver on the state of broadband competition in Denver. http://www.confluence-denver.com/features/gigabit_041316.aspx
FORETHOUGHT.net is proud to announce that we have installed a direct dark fiber connection into the Netflix cache located in South Denver, and have turned up a direct network interconnection with Netflix. This connection provides FORETHOUGHT.net customers the shortest path from Netflix to the end user – ensuring the best quality video experience. This investment by FORETHOUGHT.net avoids congested Internet exchange points, reduces delay in transmissions, and reduces the chance for packet loss which causes annoying “rebuffering” interruptions in your Internet video experience. FORETHOUGHT.net is committed to the highest quality Internet connectivity for its customers in Colorado and New Mexico. We achieve this goal by directly interconnecting our customers to content networks, bypassing the public Internet. FORETHOUGHT.net also peers directly with Google, Apple, Microsoft, Yahoo – all on dedicated, high speed fiber optic infrastructure.
Apparently CenturyLink is going to try out implementing bandwidth caps and usage charges for its Internet services. What do you all think of that? https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20160211/09480933576/centurylink-follows-comcasts-lead-to-start-charging-broadband-overage-fees.shtml
FORETHOUGHT.net, the parent company of Brainstorm Internet, announces today that it has purchased Vidion, an existing cable company serving Silverton Colorado. Its purchase is part of its overall strategy to bring high speed Internet to rural areas. Its backhaul is on fiber transport. Working closely with city administrators to provide the fastest speeds possible to the region, Forethought.net is now in the position to provide each home and business with up to 100M Internet service. “We have been working for over two years to negotiate the best approach to finally serve Silverton, CO,” Sid Arnold, General Manager of Brainstorm Internet reported. “We are delighted that we can provide 100M Internet speeds on our first phase of the build out through this cable company acquisition.” FORETHOUGHT.net will introduce high speed internet service using the existing cable infrastructure delivering a service that the town of Silverton has been waiting for. “We are… read more →
FORETHOUGHT.net was one of the very first participants at Comfluent, which is now known as CoreSite, at the Denver Gas and Electric Building (910 15th Street) in Denver. Here’s our page at the CoreSite Community online. CoreSite Community Link We can provide Internet, telephone, or cloud service connectivity through our POP in CoreSite.
One of the key challenges to Gigabit service is latency. What is latency, and how does it affect Internet speeds? Latency is the amount of time it takes for data to travel from its source to its destination across the Internet. Latency depends on several factors; 1) Transmission Latency: the speed of the underlying circuit. A gigabit circuit (1000 mbps) has lower transmission latency than a T1 circuit (1.5 mbps). 2) Distance Latency: The geographic distance. The speed of light becomes significant when the distance is over 100 miles. 3) Switching Latency: time it takes for data to be switched through a router. Each router or switch takes a certain amount of time to transfer data in from one port, through the device, and out another port. For Internet applications, the major components to latency are usually the Transmission Latency and the Distance Latency. The time it takes light to… read more →
From its humble beginnings as a “DVD rental-by-mail” company, Netflix has grown to be one of the most important Internet companies out there. They are the #1 streaming Internet video provider. At FORETHOUGHT.net, during evenings Netflix accounts for fully half of all our Internet traffic. Netflix is forcing ISPs to invest in improving last mile Internet connection speeds, it is forcing Internet backbone upgrades, it is causing peering disputes between carriers – and it is entertaining millions. Netflix is a disruptive technology, and it hasn’t even scratched the surface. Current Netflix’s “high quality” videos require a solid 3 megabits per second of connectivity. It can be expected over time for this figure to increase dramatically, as in order to compress videos into 3 mbps the quality does suffer. By comparison, the new Netflix “Ultra HD” quality category is five times the bandwidth of a HD video. In order to get ahead… read more →
The FORETHOUGHT.net web site is now available on the IPv6 Internet. End-users accessing the FORETHOUGHT.net web site will load it via IPv6 if they are on an IPv6 enabled network. The site has already been accessed via IPv6 from 6 countries and numerous US-based ISPs. Modern operating systems and web browsers are smart enough to seamlessly select the IPv6 or IPv4 version of a web site depending on which network is available, preferring IPv6 when both are available. This work is part of our progress in IPv6 technology deployment, and is a test of various IPv6-enabled infrastructure including routers, Ethernet switches, SilverLining cloud service, Linux operating system, DNS servers, and OSS (operational support systems). FORETHOUGHT.net Consulting Engineers are available to assist your organization in an IPv6 deployment, as part of our new Managed Services division. They can integrate Windows, Linux, firewalls and IPv6 routers to connect your enterprise to the… read more →