FCC Moves Toward Prohibiting Comcast Traffic Management
Posted 11 July 2008 - 08:42 AM
There is also an ongoing battle between VOIP services and ISP's. In some countries the ports that are used by such services are blocked entirely.
Now with talks of metering bandwidth by ISP's, we as a community, have a greater foe to face. I believe it boils down to a simple grab for cash by an already bloated and selfish industry.
Posted 11 July 2008 - 10:22 AM
How the world-wide Internet works is defined by all of us, through our participation and trust in the Internet Society and the Internet Engineering Task Force. To ensure interoperability and access for all, changes must be carefully deliberated and standardized there. The responsibility of operating the Internet in accordance with those standards is entrusted to companies providing access to it. It's not Comcast's job to change how the Internet works nor can it decide who or what gets preference upon it.
I haven't seen anything other than the press reports about something to be circulated around the FCC. I am hopeful that when the details are released that it serves to preserve and protect the Internet from those who would abuse their power and change it.
Comcast had several chances to come clean and to do right. It's important now that the FCC set this precedent to keep further abuses of power in check.
Posted 11 July 2008 - 10:45 AM
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Posted 11 July 2008 - 01:43 PM
Why? Bandwidth is finite. Everyone wants fully unlimited access for $5/month, it isn't going to happen.
I think ISP's should go to a metered system, you pay for what you use.
I've been on satellite networks where a small number of users (less than 100) used close to 50% of the total bandwidth. Their usage affected my performance. I don't blame the users, the ISP should have been charging by usage.
Once it happens, and it will, it will be interesting to see how much overall Internet traffice declines.
Posted 11 July 2008 - 03:30 PM
You'll be whining when you start sending high quality pictures of the kids to relatives and get that huge bill. It's just like the cell phone providers. Sure bandwidth is finite. You can only fit so many cars on the road too. It's all a matter of traffic management.
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Posted 24 July 2008 - 11:40 AM
I had major problems with Comcast up until about a year ago. I now get over 1 Mb/sec download (seldom do any uploads). Just for the heck of it, I tried DSL and subscribed to the fastest service they offered which they claimed to be 6 Mb. It paled in comparison.
Most people will not have a problem paying for excessive use of the network. If a basic package was for 25MB/ month, most people would not even closely approach that. In most other activities we perform, more performance costs more (check out the price difference between a BMW 325i and 330i) - same body and interior).
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Posted 24 July 2008 - 02:36 PM
I just had an epiphany! Or a mini stroke, wait....no the former! Why not petition whatever governing body necessary, to make communications services such as cable a utility? Then they would be subject to the same deregulation laws that Ma Bell and the nations electrical companies are. The infrastructure would HAVE to be leased out, at a reasonable rate, to whatever competition wanted to use it.Why di o flll nummb./?
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