(Mis)Uses of Technology

by Mike Masnick

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bandwidth, isps, traffic shaping


ISP Slows Access To High Bandwidth Services 12 Hours Every Day

from the time-to-find-a-new-ISP dept

Over and over again we've seen folks on the tech side of ISPs admit that basic network upgrades can handle whatever traffic growth is happening on the network, without resorting to draconian efforts to slow down traffic. Apparently, there's an ISP in the Netherlands that didn't get the message. Broadband Reports is noting that Dutch ISP, UPC is slowing down all traffic to "high bandwidth services" from noon to midnight every single day. They're cutting bandwidth to these services by 2/3. So, apparently, if you have to do high bandwidth stuff, get it done in the morning.

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    Mike Masnick (profile), 27 Aug 2009 @ 1:04am


    Not that I don't believe you, but do you have references? I would like some. Thanks.

    Sure... was a pain to look up earlier, but should have included in the post.

    CTO from Qwest: http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20060328/1859213.shtml

    CTO from BT: http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20070413/011103.shtml

    There are some others as well. But they all basically say that basic upgrades should handle any issues. Meanwhile, folks like Andrew Odlyzko who monitor traffic growth claim that growth is slowing down and not posing any real networking threat. It's a myth to make gov'ts feel they need to hand over large chunks of change to telcos.

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