Israeli ISPs Caught Traffic Shaping Without Admitting It

from the this-will-backfire-again-and-again dept

For many years, in the US, there were claims that Comcast was doing traffic shaping on its network, slowing down or even blocking certain types of traffic. Despite increasingly sophisticated evidence, Comcast always denied it, until the Associated Press finally presented proof. Comcast still tried to dance around on definitions, but finally came clean. In response it got a wrist slap from the FCC (which it's fighting in court), but it has become a lot more transparent in its traffic shaping/filtering practices. There just isn't any logical reason why any ISP should be less than forthcoming about these issues.

Slashdot points us to the news that a new study of Israeli ISPs shows that, despite denying it, many are traffic shaping P2P traffic, often using deep packet inspection. Apparently, Israel's Communications Ministry is already looking into this and determining if it requires any action on its part. It makes you wonder why ISPs think it makes sense not to explain what they're doing to customers.

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    ., 14 Dec 2009 @ 10:55am

    ISP globaly

    http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2009/12/the-coolest-isp-in-the-world.ars

    The French are preparing themselves for the future.

    But what good is bandwidth if you're stuck with a download (or upload cap) so you can’t actually use it? The OECD once published a table (PDF) with burnrates, which showed that in countries like Australia, customers could actually burn through their purchased amount of bytes in under a minute. Interestingly enough, the countries that have high bandwidth networks available don’t have heavy caps. For instance, NTT in Japan has a 900GB upload limit but no download limit.

    It may be good business to forget about caps altogether, as there seems no real reason for them to be there in the first place except perhaps as a deterrent to some of the heaviest users.

    Kenjiro Cho has written several excellent papers on the average broadband use of Japanese broadband users (PDF), where FTTH has become commonplace. With an average of 2GB per customer per day of network usage, the cost of buying transit would be lower than $0.80 per month. Of course one could argue that savings can be made in the internal ISP network if traffic was lower, but even then we’re not talking high numbers.


    80 cents a month the is really costly for ISPs.

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