The Real Bandwidth Hog? The Telcos
from the ain't-that-rich? dept
We’ve been covering the latest network neutrality debates, where AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth have all made claims about how Google, Yahoo, Vonage, Microsoft and others are “bandwidth hogs” who need to pay up to continue delivering services. While it’s been discussed to death (seriously, no need to bring it up again) how everyone’s already paying for their bandwidth, Business Week is pointing out one very important fact. The real bandwidth hogs are the telcos themselves. How come Verizon doesn’t have enough bandwidth to handle all that internet traffic? Turns out that it’s reserving 80% of the bandwidth for its own TV efforts. I don’t think that’s what the government had in mind when it made all those concessions to get the telcos to offer fiber. So, basically what’s happening here is the telcos didn’t think far enough ahead to build new networks that can actually accommodate both the internet and their television pipe dreams… so they’re just shoving the internet part aside. That’s not a problem with all those popular web services, it’s a problem for the telcos and their poor network planning and design.