Google is doing everythign for us. The question is why? Maybe they love us so much.
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What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?
The way things are going, all ISP's are going to be throttling bandwidth, so this tool will be irrelevant.
As far as I know, Verizon is the only ISP that doesn't throttle. However, they're still installing lots fiber for their FiOS network. Their coverage area is miniscule compared to cable company's coverage. You can bet that as FiOS keeps spreading, and attracting more customers, once their coverage area rivals that of cable company's, Verizon will start throttling as well.
Until then, Verizon FiOS is your best bet if you can get it. I'm still waiting for FiOS in my area.
i must say I can attest to FiOS being amazing, but I just saw a news report on of the networks about Verizon, AOL/Time Warner and several others, AT&T. It said they were joining forces to purge their servers of news groups (read torrent sharing sites) because they lead to child pornography sites. I agree child porn is abhorrent but that surely constitutes censorship and possibly throttling.
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I already loved Google, so this is just icing on the cake. There are various ISPs in addition to Verizon that do not throttle P2P traffic. The only catch is that they are not any of the major ISPs, so in order to take advantage of their services you will need to be getting your internet service from someone who allows you to choose from an approved list of ISPs. Qwest is one such company and I am sure there are others.I agree that the movement among US and foreign ISPs alike is heading towards an overwhelming favor in the way of throttling. All of this I believe comes down to reducing costs to allow for greater profits. Regardless of whatever the excuse du jour happens to be, whether it is to fight child pornography, copyright infringement, etc. this is not the proper way to address such concerns. The fairest and coincidentally the most effective approach is to target such activities at the source rather than the destination. By following ISPs current logic and taking it to the extreme, we end up with an internet restricted to such an extent that it no longer remains the internet.
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I have no problems with ISP's throttling bandwidth. I can understand it from a business perspective.
However don't piss on my head and tell me it's raining. Don't advertise your services as 'Unlimited Internet at Max Speeds' and then tell me you're going to limit that.
This is another reason I want Obama in office. He has an aggressive tech policy, light years beyond John 'I thought Windows was something on a house' McCain. Obama wants to redefine 'broadband'. The FCC today
defines “broadband” as an astonishingly low 200 kbps. Much much lower than many other developed countries. This distorts
federal policy and hamstrings efforts to broaden broadband access.
Obama will define “broadband” for purposes of national policy at speeds
demanded by 21st century business and communications.
'Traffic Control' is built-in to the Internet. The TCP/IP stands for "Transmission Control Protocol / Internet Protocol". Building a network without traffic control is like building an ATM Cash machine without handling the case of insufficient funds.
There is nothing wrong for an ISP throttling bandwidth. Most ISPs base their business model on bandwidth. You can get "Unlimited Internet Access" for only $9.95 per month, however limited at 56 Kbps. If you want faster access, you have to upgrade your bandwidth package, of course, with an extra fee.
There is a lot of confusion about Net Neutrality.
Notice the following phrase at http://compnetworking.about.com/od/internetaccessproviders/f/net-neutrality.htm contradicts itself: "Some service providers may prefer to regulate the flow of traffic through their networks for business reasons, while free economy advocates suggest that traffic controls are unnecessary"Free economy advocates should not call for regulations. ISPs have the right to limit bandwidth to their customers. The debate is not about ISPs blocking websites; it is about ISPs giving higher bandwidth to chosen websites for high-quality video. Likewise, ISPs may wish sell subscriptions to access to web channels, the same as Cable Television. The good news is Internet access will be faster, so the 'slower websites' will still be faster than what we have today.
See my other detailed post at http://www.hothardware.com/News/New_Net_Neutrality_Bill_Proposed/
TCP/IP does not require network throttling. What I am saying is bandwidth is finite, and during peak time, some network packets must be dropped when congestion occurs. The best way to give a good service to everyone is by throttling bandwidth. If you want more bandwidth, you have to be ready to pay more.
There will always be dishonest businesses. The free market is the best to weed out those businesses, because dishonest businesses don't keep their customers. If another ISP promise the same bandwidth package for the same price, which one will you keep? The only dishonest businesses that remain in the market are those having a monopoly, and it is impossible to have a monopoly without the help of the government.
Politicians are not honest either, in fact they earn their living exclusively from lies. Having big businesses sleeping with big government is not the solution for honesty and transparency. Competition is what drives good businesses into the market and makes bad businesses go bankrupt. The government is against competition by making laws to protect itself and the big corporations supporting it. This is why we have regulations, patents and antitrust laws - to keep entrenched corporations in place.
Well said evil_sam. If I could vote for a post, I would give your post 5 stars.
I beleive the Net Neutrality saga is a big PR stunt.
I agree that "Free Market" and "Cable ISPs" is an oxymoron. This is because the Cable ISPs are not free, but tied to government regulations. More government regulations will just make things worse, like all government interventions.
It's not about "free market", here, it's all about monopoly and honesty
The best way to break a monopoly is to remove entry barriers (regulations).
and if the "children" refuse to "behave themselves", it's time for the
"parents" to step in.
This assumes the government is the parent One Big Happy Family and has the answers to everything. In fact the government is the source of this mess.
If the ISPs refuse to "behave themselves", the free market (customers) will punish them. Politicians will not puhish the ISPs, but likely to reward them with taxpayer's money. Corporations want to make money, and you have much more control over your wallet when you subscribe Internet services, than you have control on the money you send to the politicians. The government takes your money by force (taxes) and by theft (inflation). The more money the government has, the more power it has, and this is why there is so much corruption. Since corporations want to maximize their profits, they will use the easiest way. Behemoth Corporations find it far easier to lobby the government for privileges (regulations) and handouts (subsidies), than to work hard and sell goods and services to customers. It is time to take control of our lives and stop giving away our power to politicians.
A group of corrupted politicians and bureaucrats (aka Government) should never be referred as "parents". This analogy is simply wrong.
Not when I'm presented with a REAL choice of ONE - unless you're one of those who also likes to lump Dialup and DSL access, which fail to hold a candle to cable access in the connection speed department, in with cable.
I agree completely. I have recently moved and consequently have been forced to go from my previous 12mb cable connection to a measly 1.5mb DSL connection. I feel as though I have been relegated to speeds remeniscent of 56k dial-up. My only alternative would be a satellite connection, or dial-up, neither of which are remotely close to being high speed. While there are manifold options when it comes to selecting an ISP, the likelihood of being fortunate enough to have a choice between multiple companies who offer truly competitive speeds is rare at best.
As far as the government coming to the rescue on this dilemma is concerned, I wouldn't hold my breath. My faith in our government, which has become a morbidly obese bureaucracy, has evaporated faster than isopropyl alcohol poured into a scalding frying pan.
The only real competition cable has is fiber optics. However, given the scarcity of fiber optics and their extremely limited residential availability, it can hardly be called competition at this stage. The government should have helped build the infrastructure necessary for widespread fiber optic availability, rather than bending over backwards for cable companies who can't even abide by terms they have already agreed to.
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I'm sure you guys have heard of or have wildblue
sattelite internet right?
well anyway, I've been a customer for going on a
year now and i knew from the start i was gettin
sc#%@!*. I purchased a brand new emachine (don't
laugh) and signed a contract with wildblue for their
silver package $50.00 month (512kb download & 128
upload) and i noticed almost immediately there was
something wrong. The downloads start out around
100kb and quickly drop to around 30. I filed a
complaint with Dishnetwork (the people i recieve
wildblue through) and they sent someone to examine
the prob and he noticed my claim was true. To make a
long story short, several calls and a BBB complaint
later, they accuse my BRAND NEW computer to be the
problem. Since i didn't purchase service directly
from wildblue they (wildblue) wouldn't return my
calls. I know what you're thinking why didn't i just
go with another ISP? THERE IS NO FREAKING OTHER ISP
IN MY AREA! MEANWHILE, i'm stuck with a 18 month
contract. no viruses...no malware...no
spyware...just a really slow connection that i'm
10 down, 3 up, no limits at all. Just downloaded 32 and 64bit versions of Ubuntu tonight.
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