Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 21st Sep 2009 19:16 UTC
Internet & Networking Julius Genachowski, Chairman of the US Federal Communications Commission, today laid out plans to enforce net neutrality upon the internet. While the FCC is a US-only entity, fact of the matter is that "control" over the internet lies within the US, so whatever the FCC decides, it will affect the rest of the world.
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RE[2]: Excellent news. - agreed
by pepa on Tue 22nd Sep 2009 13:38 UTC in reply to "RE: Excellent news. - agreed"
pepa
Member since:
2005-07-08

It's barely tolerable that my upload speed does not remotely match my download speed.

I agree with your general sentiment, but isn't this a technical characteristic of ADSL?

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DrillSgt Member since:
2005-12-02

"It's barely tolerable that my upload speed does not remotely match my download speed.

I agree with your general sentiment, but isn't this a technical characteristic of ADSL?
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While it does meet the characteristic of ADSL, it does not meet the characteristics of cable or fiber. Unless you pay much more, you will not get the ISP to make the up and down be the same. Cable is the dominant provider in the US due to the technical limitations of any DSL, mainly distance from the CO.

The providers do not want you uploading things, so they limit the bandwidth. If you have a business account, and pay much more, then you can get them the same. For residential, they just like to rake us over the coals ;)

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phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

"It's barely tolerable that my upload speed does not remotely match my download speed.

I agree with your general sentiment, but isn't this a technical characteristic of ADSL?
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ADSL, yes. Afterall, the A is for Asynchronous.

However, DSL is not inherently asynchronous. There are synchronous forms of DSL, mainly, you guessed it, SDSL.

There are other forms of DSL as well. It's just that ADSL is the cheapest to install and manage.

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

It's not a technical limitation based on the last time I was working directly with DSL paired modems. We where doing a modem on each end of a security pair. Both ends could send full speed.

With cable, I also don't see a technological reason that send and receive can't run at the same maximum of the hardware potential.

With Dish.. you get a fast download through the dish but slower upload out through dsl lines so in that case, I can accept a difference in transfer rates.

The reason I've heard more often is file sharing. They like home users getting fast downloads but don't want users having fast uploads from there machines. Now, if you buy a business class subscription; fast down, fast up. I'm sure they also claim that home users having full upload transfer rates would overwhelm the network. It's politics and business strategy more than technology.

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