[LINK] Net neutrality and bandwidth caps.
kim at holburn.net
Wed May 6 19:19:35 AEST 2009
Interesting view. Not so relevant to Australia as such but it brings
up the question, who does benefit from Australia's ridiculous capped
> Net neutrality and bandwidth caps don't matter
> By Charlie Demerjian
> Tuesday, 5 May 2009, 19:52
> THERE HAS BEEN a lot of talk lately over usage quotas on cable
> modems and how some are fair and others are not at all. The problem
> that most people don't get is that the numbers have nothing to do
> with the Internet, the entire argument is a diversion.
> Cable companies are throwing the idea of usage quotas out now,
> starting absurdly low in order to get something in place. With
> tactics that would make Karl Rove proud, they are picking a fight
> over nothing to get their opponents to agree on a cap, any cap,
> without realizing the true goals.
> The cable monopolies don't actually give a damn about how much data
> goes over their wires. They don't care if you are surfing to the
> local newspaper or sucking down leaks of awful Hollywood lowest
> common denominator films, it is irrelevant to them. Bandwidth costs
> are almost zero, and given how things are set up, there is no way a
> single person or even a small number can max out the bandwidth of a
> cable loop.
> DSL providers and other related bandwidth merchants, most with less
> bandwidth per household have no problem with 'over usage', so why
> does cable? The caps cable companies are trying to impose don't make
> sense when you look at the technology involved and the bandwidths
> available, bandwidth usage isn't an issue at all.
> If it isn't about bandwidth, then what are all these quotas about?
> Keeping the cable TV monopoly a monopoly. No, really, it is. The set
> up goes like this. Cable companies whine about bandwidth, then trial
> all sorts of silly anti-consumer and illegal measures like DPI to
> fire people up. Angry consumers respond and say that they will not
> tolerate those measures. Eventually, even paid for politicians will
> chime in around election season, and these 'alternate' measures will
> be shot down. DPI and packet classification will be effectively
> outlawed. That is OK though, they were straw men.
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