Internet outages have been reported all over the world. Major websites have been affected. Many internet users have noticed slower speeds or complete outages.
Is this supposed to be a coincidence just as the liberals are fighting for an overpriced infrastructure bill? Or, are the liberals turning the internet off to prove a point?
Many media outlets have been calling the outage “one of the world’s biggest” and that it should serve as a “wake-up call.”
Why is it that so many people lost the internet?
Fastly, an infrastructure provider encountered an unexplained configuration error. Fastly is responsible for handling 10% of the internet traffic globally. It rendered many websites and services inoperable for an hour or more this past Tuesday.
A number of websites were impacted – Twitter, Amazon, Hulu, CNN, the New York Times, and many more.
It’s been identified that internet infrastructure is too centralized and lacks resilience.
Are we just realizing this? Or, did we need to kick Fastly for a moment as a way to help speed the infrastructure bill along?
Fastly is known as a content delivery network or CDN. It is not only a way to provide reliability and performance for heavy-traffic websites. It is also a single point of failure if the network collapses.
Most internet traffic is routed through one of only three CDNs: Fastly, Amazon’s CloudFront, or Cloudflare.
David Warburton, a cybersecurity expert at F5 Labs, has warned that centralization is a fairly new concept within the internet. And, should it continue, it will cause more and more problems. “The web as a whole was intended to be decentralized.”
When the web doesn’t rely on a single central system, various components can fail while still allowing internet traffic to get to where it needs to go.
Unfortunately, centralization has been occurring with greater frequency. Much of this is because of large cloud solution providers offering core services.
In the UK, there are talks about a policy goal that focuses on new networks and a higher level of resilience.
Meanwhile, in the U.S., Democrats, and Republicans can’t even agree on a basic definition of what infrastructure means.
Virtually every American will agree that telecommunications are an important component of infrastructure, just as roads and bridges are.
The problem is that liberals want to throw in billions of added dollars to focus on things such as racial inequality and childcare. That’s not what infrastructure is.
If we don’t want to have future internet outages, we have to move forward on an infrastructure bill. We also have to be cautious not to give too much money to one company. While there are only a handful of big companies handling telecommunications, that’s literally the problem.
We need to decentralize – not centralize. Money needs to be poured into research and development. We need to incentivize tech companies to create more CDNs and to offer smaller cloud solutions.
The internet economy is growing significantly every year. The recent outage was only for an hour. What if it had been for a day? A week? Imagine how that could have affected so many aspects of everyday life. Loss of service is a liability that could end up costing businesses across the U.S. millions if not billions of dollars.
An infrastructure bill of some sort has to be passed – and no one is disputing that. What’s being disputed is what is included in the bill.
If the liberals disrupted the CDN on purpose, they’ve made their point. We need the internet, and we need to invest in the necessary avenues to protect the reliability and integrity of internet connections.
Now, we need to come together as a country and focus on infrastructure so that we can protect the internet. As for the other issues that Biden wants to identify as “infrastructure,” those will have to wait for another day. After all, without the internet, the country could come to a screeching halt.