(Mis)Uses of Technology

by Mike Masnick


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bandwidth, isps, traffic shaping

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upc



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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    Richard, 27 Aug 2009 @ 1:54am

    You need to look at all the technical data not just the raw speed. An "honest" ISP like the one I use will tell you your speed AND your contention ratio. Typical consumer broadband will have contention ratio in the order of 50:1 (i.e. if everyone hits the net at the same moment then you speed drops to 1/50th of the advertised peak. My ISP grades its packages by contention ratio so you can have 50:1 , 20:1 or (by paying a lot more) 1:1.

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