(Mis)Uses of Technology

by Mike Masnick


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bandwidth, isps, traffic shaping

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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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    Lindsay, 27 Aug 2009 @ 4:00pm

    Internet data caps and throttling are standard in other countries

    Living in NZ, I find it amusing that you spend so much time and space on the idea that ISPs might throttle or cap a broadband connection.

    All our ISPs, every one, every plan, bar none, has a data cap or a billing system that charges for the amount of data you use. There are 'limitless' plans but they throttle your traffic at peak times and have restrictions on fair use.

    If you want to peruse the plans try

    http://www.vodafone.co.nz/home-phone-and-broadband/
    https://www.telecom.co.nz/broadband/select/ 1,10627,205728-204466,00.html

    Data caps start at 1Gb. Some are around 40Gb. Speeds are not yet up to ADSL2 standards. Its good enough to get work done but the concept of fast unlimited internet is alien to us. Your situation in the US is pretty good in comparison. By the way, recording data usage accurately doesn't seem to be a problem either, with accurate usage meters down to the hour available through the ISP web page.

    The reason this is so is due is partly due to a long term telco monopoly (which is no longer the case, unbundling has recently happended), but more importantly the overhead of getting data out of nz and into the US or Australia. There are only a couple of cables over the Tasman or Pacific, so bandwidth is scarce, hence the cost of internet traffic.

    So while it appears some believe that unlimited internet is a right its not even available in some parts of the world.

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