Linked by fran on Tue 1st Feb 2011 23:04 UTC
Internet & Networking There is a falling out between governments & ISPs on the one hand and consumer groups and companies like YouTube and Netflix on the other. Lately more punitive measures affecting these companies and consumers have emerged that include increased throttling, greater per-usage billing and lower internet caps. The internet as whole is struggling to find a self-sustaining business model that supports the rising speed and bandwidth requirements of consumers and online media purveyors. The conflict boils down to who should pay and to what degree they should pay.
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RE[2]: Try Arstechnica
by JThelen on Wed 2nd Feb 2011 01:09 UTC in reply to "RE: Try Arstechnica"
JThelen
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2011-02-02

I agree with you on most points, but it's not that ISPs can't afford to make improvements, they don't *want* to make improvements, since it would cut into their gigantic profit margins. So instead of investing, they whinge and complain about overuse and pursue usage based billing like we're seeing in Canada(coming soon to countries south of Canada), so that they can give less, charge more and pronounce record profits to their shareholders.

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RE[3]: Try Arstechnica
by umccullough on Wed 2nd Feb 2011 01:52 in reply to "RE[2]: Try Arstechnica"
umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

but it's not that ISPs can't afford to make improvements, they don't *want* to make improvements, since it would cut into their gigantic profit margins.


Ok, I'll concede that the larger ISPs are... and they are ultimately the reason that the smaller resellers fail.

FWIW, I pay for an AT&T DSL circuit through a reseller that offers rock-solid support and service (significantly better than my neighbors who bought directly from AT&T). I currently pay slightly more than AT&T's rate, while my introductory rate was lower for the first year. I believe this slight premium is worth it the better service and support I receive.

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RE[3]: Try Arstechnica
by chrish on Wed 2nd Feb 2011 15:42 in reply to "RE[2]: Try Arstechnica"
chrish Member since:
2005-07-14

To reinforce this; Bell, Rogers and Telus all make over a billion dollars in *profit* in around nine months. They've been posting record numbers every quarter even throughout the recession.

They haven't been able to show any congestion on their networks, and the third-party ISPs they're screwing over with this CRTC decision are only running at 5Mbits/sec. We can't possibly be overloading their networks, they just want to boost their profits even more.

Being able to dictate what services can be sold and what prices to their competitors must make them so very, very happy.

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