(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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    Jeff Rife, 2 Oct 2009 @ 11:26am

    Re: You get what you paid for

    You see, Mike, this "broadband connection" you have at home is result of awfully oversubscribed network. About 1/1000 or even more.

    This is only true for ISPs that don't do the right thing.

    Verizon FIOS is not oversubscribed. Even if they get 100% uptake in every neighborhood, that will limit each house to about 17Mbps guaranteed, but upgrades that are mostly done are raising that limit to 81Mbps. With just a few houses not subscribing (or a few subscribing to lower speed plans), you end up with everyone having guaranteed bandwidth 24/7.

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