(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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    Luci, 27 Aug 2009 @ 7:26am

    Re: You get what you paid for

    How amusing. Your reality and mine don't seem to mesh. You see, my cable line has speeds up to 8Mbps. Having monitored my own bandwidth, I can tell you that my 24 hour average speed, on a friday, is 7.8Mbps. Peak? 8.7Mbps. The reality is that the very big names are the ones that oversell. The smaller, locally run companies or franchises (mine is a Cablesystem franchise, with all phone monkies and techs local people) tend to build up their infrastructure properly because they know their community.

    Also helps them avoid penetration from things like AT&T, dish companies, etcetera.

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