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AKAM - Akamai Technologies
« on: May 26, 2011, 06:31:34 AM »
With all of talk about LVLT on here, I'm curious on people's opinion on Akamai.

The stock has come down quite a bit and is now selling for around 18X expected 2012 earnings and 3x BV. They much much more solid financials than LVLT, with no debt and are quite profitable.

What I don't have a great understanding of is the type of network they run/own compared to LVLT. Hopefully someone smarter than me can clarify that.
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« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2011, 10:27:51 AM »
I ran into one of my techie friends with early Yahoo roots yesterday-no longer there-who swore up and down that the tech and business community SWEARS by Akamai, and will keep (3) PIPES dumb as a Do Do Bird for as long as possible. Inquiring minds will often disagree but how much ground can be covered in a local supermarket?  ;)

With Comcast holding (3)'s dark fiber from their 2004 purchase, and as many as thirteen leasing years remaining(?), while they're moving to an MIT test ground for all IP open access on all content irrespective of devices chosen, while their owned content channel, CNBC, hosted Akamai's CEO late last week talking all the buzz words about how great they are to the world's internet, I can see a match made in heaven before the Akamai story of not owning the necessary "dumb pipes" were to implode.  :-X          
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« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2011, 04:16:08 PM »
Things to be expected from MONOPOLISTS gouging consumers, just because they think they can! Akamai remains a dirty little secret housed inside cable and telecom homes, one who has exploited what I have coined, "internet free loading" over the years. Comcast and their ilk belong together. In the end, they will also deserve what's coming to them.  imo


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