Bandwidth throttling and net neutrality

An interesting post over at Public Knowledge about net neutrality and ISP bandwidth throttling, sorry, network management. As video and audio (http) now account for around 50% of all network traffic (P2P only accounts for about 20%), the problem for ISPs is not with a small group of filesharers, it’s with all of us. The only answer so far is throttling, sorry traffic shaping, those who use more bandwidth, but ultimately this can’t solve the problem of an overall increase in the amount of video watched on the internet. One of the suggested solutions in the UK is that the TV companies, the BBC included, contribute towards the cost of the bandwidth used by their services. Unsurprisingly, the broadcasters are resisting this idea, however, Ofcom have said that current models may need to change, and they will probably have the last say.

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