[opendtv] Re: Beyond transport

  • From: Craig Birkmaier <craig@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2014 09:07:28 -0500

On Feb 10, 2014, at 9:20 PM, "Manfredi, Albert E" 
<albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Yup. It's what turned into the Internet. Not a bunch of competing market 
> solutions at all, I guess is my main point.

But there was nothing commercial about the ARPANET. It was only after it became 
the Public Internet that the real innovation happened, starting with 
Andressen's web browser.
>> the real work is more like special forces, with a core group driving
>> the working groups to document whatever consensus exists.
> Well, there are endless debates about the best way to proceed. But again, 
> it's not like the IETF does nothing more than adopt an existing solution. 
> Instead, more typically, some company wants to create new markets, but it 
> knows that to do so, it needs to interoperate. So a group forms to hash out 
> the new mechanisms. Enlightened self-interest. And yes, sometimes there are 
> royalties to worry about.

The important takeaway here is that the IETF does not try to focus on 
innovation. It lets the marketplace demonstrate the need then codifies the 
enabling technologies.

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