Linked by Howard Fosdick on Fri 27th Jul 2012 02:57 UTC
Internet & Networking A free, new report from the New America Foundation compares cost, speed, and availabilty of internet connectivity in 22 cities around the world. The report concludes that U.S. consumers face comparatively high, rising connectivity costs, even while the majority have very limited choices -- often only one or two providers. The report argues that U.S. broadband policies need to change, otherwise consumer choice will continue to deteriorate.
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Well, both IP4 & IP6 have priority flags intended to solve this very problem, but I don't know of any consumer equipment that actually can configure & use them.

OpenSSH uses TOS/DSCP but beyond that I can't think of any. In OpenSSH ssh terminal sessions use the "interactive" precedence while scp transfers use "bulk".

Beyond that, I'm not even sure whether ISPs & other operators adhere to them in the WAN

No sane ISP would since, as you said, they would get abused and made pretty much useless. They can be very useful inside your own network though.

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