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Let’s see: freedom of information, freedom of speech, freedom of innovation, net neutrality, mere conduit, never deep packet inspection, never ad injection, unlimited downloading, right to privacy, no blocking, no filtering, court orders always…
BitTorrent usage remains high in other regions as well, and highest of all in Asia-Pacific where it’s credited for 21.6% of total Internet traffic during peak hours. In Europe and Latin America this percentage is 17.4% and 10.2% respectively.
Every new drone feed and every new soldier with a satellite radio creates more appetite for bandwidthPosted: 2013/04/30 in Bandwidth Management, Education / Awareness, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
Pentagon Paying China — Yes, China — To Carry Data
Virgin Media UK will cut the ISPs download speed throttling to just 30% for some and rising to at most 40% but for a shorter periodPosted: 2013/04/16 in Bandwidth Management, Blocking, Education / Awareness, File Sharing, Filtering, Illegal File Sharing, New Business Models, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
Usenet via SSL may still escape the wrath of Virgin
Cable operator Virgin Media (Liberty Global) has today introduced a “more flexible and responsive” Traffic Management policy for customers on its 30Mbps and faster “unlimited” superfast broadband packages, which will cut the ISPs download speed throttling to just 30% for some and rising to at most 40% but for a shorter period.
Under the new policy Virgin Media will manage traffic between the hours of 4pm to 11pm each weekday and 11am to 11pm at weekends, which the provider claims will only impact around 5% of their customers each day. During these times the ISP will slow your upload and download speeds if you go above a certain level of usage (threshold) within a given timeframe.
The new system works on a 1 hour threshold (30% download / 60% upload speed reduction) and 2 hour threshold (40% download / 75% upload reduction), which means that some customers will be able to exit traffic management after at least 60 minutes if they get into it (the reduction use to last for 5 long hours).
But to exit after 60 minutes you’d need to stop any big downloads, otherwise the stricter 2 hour threshold might trigger. The usage thresholds, which trigger a speed reduction once you go over them, are perhaps best explained with the use of an example – Traffic Management on Virgin’s 60Mbps (XL60) package.
Some of the thresholds have also been lowered, especially on the side of upload speeds. For example, under the old system 60Mbps customers downloading over 10,000MB (10GB) during the daytime period would have triggered the 40% throttle for 5 hours. But now a 30% throttle will trigger, albeit after only 3.6GB of usage, and rising to 40% after 4.5GB if you fail to exit the first 60 minute window in time. This system may benefit some but others are likely to view it as being more restrictive.
As usual it can be complicated to explain the details of any policy and as a result Virgin Media has updated its Traffic Management Threshold’s page to give a better explanation for each package, which is useful because the usage thresholds (but not the reduction %) are different for each package and trying to explain all that here would quickly cause confusion.
It’s important to stress that Virgin’s new TM policy isn’t just about slowing all service speeds. The system is designed to prioritise certain types of traffic (e.g. web browsing, gaming etc.) in busy times or busy areas to “ensure that it is of an adequate quality“, while P2P and Newsgroups will be slowed.
Fair Use Policies Of Dutch Internet Providers Not Always Clear. Internet Users Subject To Random Decision Making ProcessPosted: 2013/04/04 in Bandwidth Management, Blocking, Education / Awareness, Filtering, New Business Models, Stats / reports
Providers like to decide for themselves what type of behavior they will condone…or not.
1 Lithuania 36.89 Mbps
2 Luxembourg 32.05 Mbps
3 Netherlands 29.99 Mbps
4 Sweden 28.05 Mbps
5 Romania 28.03 Mbps
6 Latvia 27.99 Mbps
7 Bulgaria 25.80 Mbps
8 Denmark 25.38 Mbps
9 Portugal 23.19 Mbps
10 Belgium 21.84 Mbps
11 Finland 20.18 Mbps
12 United Kingdom 19.26 Mbps
13 Germany 18.69 Mbps
14 Malta 17.45 Mbps
15 Estonia 17.33 Mbps
16 Hungary 17.32 Mbps
17 Czech Republic 17.12 Mbps
18 France 16.14 Mbps
19 Slovakia 14.76 Mbps
20 Austria 13.87 Mbps
21 Spain 13.83 Mbps
22 Poland 11.83 Mbps
23 Slovenia 11.73 Mbps
24 Ireland 11.17 Mbps
25 Cyprus 7.60 Mbps
26 Greece 7.12 Mbps
27 Italy 5.98 Mbps
Top 27 EU Countries by Upload Speed (EU Average 4.76Mbps)
1 Lithuania 29.43 Mbps
2 Latvia 18.98 Mbps
3 Romania 16.91 Mbps
4 Luxembourg 16.40 Mbps
5 Bulgaria 15.12 Mbps
6 Denmark 13.04 Mbps
7 Sweden 12.01 Mbps
8 Netherlands 9.87 Mbps
9 Czech Republic 7.48 Mbps
10 Estonia 6.51 Mbps
11 Finland 6.20 Mbps
12 Slovenia 5.25 Mbps
13 Slovakia 5.13 Mbps
14 Hungary 4.70 Mbps
15 Portugal 4.17 Mbps
16 United Kingdom 3.77 Mbps
17 France 3.52 Mbps
18 Poland 3.11 Mbps
19 Austria 3.02 Mbps
20 Belgium 2.74 Mbps
21 Germany 2.66 Mbps
22 Spain 2.53 Mbps
23 Ireland 2.44 Mbps
24 Malta 2.06 Mbps
25 Cyprus 1.44 Mbps
26 Italy 1.16 Mbps
27 Greece 0.89 Mbps
Virgin Mobile has admitted it is capping mobile data at 2Mb/sec – claiming it is for the benefit of customersPosted: 2013/03/05 in Bandwidth Management, Education / Awareness, Stats / reports
Customers of Virgin Media should take note that the cable operators Traffic Management policy, which slows the download speed of heavy users and P2P file sharing services during peak times (evenings), has been moved because Tablets and Smartphones are changing how people use the internetPosted: 2013/02/22 in Bandwidth Management, Education / Awareness, New Business Models, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
Freedom of information doctrine doesn’t say anything about the speed with which you will be able to access that information
VM’s Mark Wilkin explained:
“This is mainly due to people watching TV and streaming content over the internet instead of shutting down their PC and watching TV before they head off to bed.
So because of this we need to move our evening traffic management window to when people are now using the internet. Ensuring that your peak time experience is protected from the impact of people who max out their connection 24/7. So we’re changing the evening window for downstream traffic from 16:00-21:00 to 17:00-22:00.”
US citizens pay more for internet access than those in many other countries and also get worse connections for their cashPosted: 2013/02/11 in Bandwidth Management, Education / Awareness, Stats / reports
During the coming weeks the controversial “six-strikes” anti-piracy system will kick off in the U.S. While none of the participating ISPs have officially announced how they will handle repeat infringers, TorrentFreak has obtained a copy of Verizon’s full policy. Among other things, offenders will have to watch a video about the consequences of online piracy, before their speeds are reduced to 256kbps. Also worth mentioning is that the copyright alert system will also apply to business customers.
In case you were wondering why some businesses and even governments are hesitant to address the piracy problem
Senator introduces bill to regulate data caps. Metering allowed only for congestion control; discriminatory data caps bannedPosted: 2012/12/21 in Bandwidth Management, Education / Awareness, Net Neutrality, New Business Models, Public Policy, Stats / reports
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At the end of this month the controversial “six-strikes” anti-piracy system will kick off in the U.S., and today two of the participating Internet providers have been discussing what measures they will take against repeated BitTorrent pirates. Verizon plans to notify alleged pirates via email and voice-mail, and will throttle the connection speeds of repeated infringers. Time Warner Cable will warn subscribers through popups and restrict users’ Internet browsing by directing them to a landing page.
Startup founder: “It’s unbelievable. I’m probably not going to leave the house.”
T-Mobile has around 5 million customers in The Netherlands
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Sandvine also reports that total Internet data usage across wired connections has more than doubled over the last year
The scientists at Bangor University in north Wales have already managed to pump 20 gigabits of data every second – enough to download a full HD movie in 10 secondsPosted: 2012/11/06 in Bandwidth Management, Education / Awareness, New Business Models, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
Broadband speeds that are 2,000 times faster without a massive hike in costs?
“Yes” say a team of UK researchers, who believe they are on the way to cracking how to cram more data down optic fibres – without breaking the bank.
In case you’re wondering why WiMAX type of technologies where banish-ed in the past…
And six major banks will throw in an additional (loan of) 125 million EUR.
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Kroes argues that the Dutch net neutrality regime supports the notion of the internet as an open platform for innovation by all types of providers. She also states that gatherings of telecom operators are not the right arena to decide on pricing issues.
Kroes does want to allow telecom operators to discuss ways to guarantee the quality of the various online services but those discussions should never jeopardize regular internet traffic.
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