(Mis)Uses of Technology

by Mike Masnick


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bandwidth, isps, traffic shaping

Companies:
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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    Anonymous Coward, 27 Aug 2009 @ 10:09am

    Re: Re:

    I think it is perfectly fair to compare Japan considered they are serving more people-per-acre at higher speeds and lower costs, and not just by a marginal amount, but by more than tenfold the standard consumer rates in other countries (most people get 5-8, some get 10-15, so I think going with an average of 10 for most consumers is more than fair).

    The money that most telcos are making by gouging their customers more then offsets the cost of upgrading their portion of the physical network.

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