Internet Throttling

So who do they think they are? First they limit the amount of “up and down” speed you have for your bandwidth and now they want to throttle your connection overall!! Not just the speeds you connect at any longer.

I will try and keep this in as easy terms as I can folks. As most of you know I work in this field so if I fall into explaining something and you think I may be speaking in an alien language please, ask for clarification by commenting and I will do what I can to explain. Using more English terms that is. J

Okay so in the news today we find a story about Time Warner Cable, Comcast, and at&t© (Cingular has “tried” to rebrand itself since buying out AT&T). It seems that the internet throttling test that was first reported back in January of this year in a small city (110,000 people) in Beaumont, Texas has finally got industry attention. As the story was first reported by blogs and DSLReports

Why is this topic a worry you ask?

They say it only affect 5% of the internet users out there right? I don’t have to worry do I? I don’t have to worry because I’m downloading music, I prefer to buy the CD and put it on my media server. I don’t have to worry because I’m downloading movies, I prefer to use my NetFlix subscription and hook up to my HDTV and …

Ops perhaps I do have to worry huh? I stream the media from my subscription at times from NetFlix.
Ops perhaps I do have to worry when my kids are over as we play XBOX live together.
Ops perhaps I do have to worry, I do watch Revision3 from time to time.
Ops perhaps I do have to worry as I do video conferencing from time to time with clients from home.

Now some of you might be reading this and saying “Well stupid, stop it!” But I’m not just a person who likes technology; I do this for a job so tend to stay up on the latest trends. I find streaming technology a new wave that is getting ever better. There will be more and more we do with the internet and our home devices in the near future. More demand for internet devices, even wireless devices, come around all the time.

So what do you think?