(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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    Rich Kulawiec, 27 Aug 2009 @ 9:37am

    Re: Re:

    No, that's not the problem. I highly recommend getting on Dave Farber's IP ("Interesting People") list and/or reading its archives and/or finding Bob Frankston's blog. There have been innumerable articles written by Bob (who is as clued-in about this as anyone on the planet) and one of the things that he points out -- and which should be repeated as many times as is necessary until it sinks in -- is that the duopoly is not in the business of providing bandwidth: they're in the business of generating billable events. And in order to make sure that there are billable events, they need to maintain scarcity.

    If you need an example, consider the cost of text messaging, which is several orders of magnitude above the actual cost of transmitting the bits.

    So the reason we in the US pay far too much for far too little has nothing to do with the size of the country or demographics or underlying economics: it has everything to do with the desire by the duopoly to extract as much revenue as possible.

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