It looks like the myth about how the internet is collapsing unless network neutrality can be broken is beginning to crumble. We've already seen that there's plenty of investment in increased capacity, and that those who actually understand what's going on say there's no real threat of running out of capacity any time soon. However, the real cracks start coming out when even the telcos aren't spewing what had been the industry line about the need to ditch network neutrality. Last year, Qwest's CTO admitted that most telcos who were complaining about file sharing traffic eating up their capacity were overstating their case and now the CTO of BT is saying that using traffic shaping to break network neutrality is completely unnecessary. He notes that they're investing in more bandwidth capacity, and that's all they need. In discussing Rogers ongoing traffic shaping, BT's CTO said that it sounds "quite Big Brother-ish," and he sees no reason to do any traffic shaping, since they'll have plenty of bandwidth to offer. It's the argument plenty of people have made for years. While QoS and bandwidth are two different things, if you offer enough bandwidth, the QoS issues tend to fade away -- and then the only reason to insist on QoS is if an ISP is trying to double charge some companies who have been better at monetizing the internet than the ISP. Of course, that hasn't stopped the press from droning on about how video is about to kill the internet. Apparently that makes for a much better story than actually talking to those who manage the network.
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