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Phil's Vid-Minute: Verizon, Where's My iPhone?

Why we can't match our favorite phone with a wireless service that works for us

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Rumor has it that Verizon may soon offer its subscribers the Apple iPhone, and it's about time. Too many manufacturers seem to want to get the advantages of offering a service rather than a good—witness IBM's transformation into a services company and Intel's purchase this week of McAfee, the Internet security company.

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Why the Internet Needs the InterPlanetary File System

Peer-to-peer file sharing would make the Internet far more efficient

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Carl De Torres

When the COVID-19 pandemic erupted in early 2020, the world made an unprecedented shift to remote work. As a precaution, some Internet providers scaled back service levels temporarily, although that probably wasn’t necessary for countries in Asia, Europe, and North America, which were generally able to cope with the surge in demand caused by people teleworking (and binge-watching Netflix). That’s because most of their networks were overprovisioned, with more capacity than they usually need. But in countries without the same level of investment in network infrastructure, the picture was less rosy: Internet service providers (ISPs) in South Africa and Venezuela, for instance, reported significant strain.

But is overprovisioning the only way to ensure resilience? We don’t think so. To understand the alternative approach we’re championing, though, you first need to recall how the Internet works.

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