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Author Topic: To keep the internet usable  (Read 1361 times)


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To keep the internet usable
« on: October 09, 2009, 09:49:48 AM »

There is not sufficient emphasis placed on the importance of the infrastructure on the other side of the telephone exchange.  The irony of improving 'last mile' performance is that routers become more congested with the increase in traffic which is thus encouraged.  What's the use of having a fast connection when our packets are repeatedly dropped and data rates are repeatedly reduced by struggling routers hamstrung by exhausted buffers?  The only way to speed up the internet is for everyone to pay pro rata for the actual traffic they use.  Then those who ruin the internet experience for the rest of us will use the internet less wastefully.  The only way that the infrastructure can be properly resourced is through income from a toll system.  How else can a usable internet be funded?  Human nature being what it is, you cannot ration a free commodity.

I don't suppose that illegal downoading improves the situation.  Pay-as-you-use would help to mitigate the effects of this.

Those who choose not to download iPlayer content are as good as subsidising the licence fee.  Presumably Auntie Beeb has factored this into her business plan.

A downside consequence of pay-as-you-use could be hijacking of neighbouring wireless networks as people seek to avoid paying.   WiFi users would have to beef up their defences, especially encryption.
« Last Edit: October 09, 2009, 11:07:30 AM by hake »
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