“In late July, Apple reportedly brought online its own content distribution network (CDN), a way of pushing data files closer to end-users,” Glenn Fleishman writes for Macworld. “A CDN can reduce the number of hops and the amount of intermediate bandwidth required to speed files and data—like an iOS update, a streaming movie, or a software download—between the content provider and the recipient.”

“All of that can be a huge benefit to the ordinary user, but it’s not all upside,” Fleishman writes. “Given that a CDN either connects its networks directly with major Internet service providers (ISPs) or co-locates server hardware within ISP network operations, they can also raise concerns in terms of net neutrality. And Apple’s venture is no different.”

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