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Is the ‘Bandwidth Hog’ a Myth?

4 Δεκέμβριος, 2009

Is the ‘Bandwidth Hog’ a Myth?

Ενδιαφέρουσα άποψη σχετικά με την διαμάχη για τον νόμο περί «net neutrality» ο οποίος απασχολεί ιδιαίτερα τις ΗΠΑ.

And that would be «hogging»?
The fact is that what most telcos call hogs are simply people who overall and on average download more than others. Blaming them for network congestion is actually an admission that telcos are uncomfortable with the ‘all you can eat’ broadband schemes that they themselves introduced on the market to get people to subscribe. In other words, the marketing push to get people to subscribe to broadband worked, but now the telcos see a missed opportunity at price discrimination…

Όσο η διακίνηση δεδομένων αυξάνεται, τόσο οι εταιρείες ανησυχούν για το ενδεχόμενο ουσιαστικής αξιοποίησης των «απεριόριστων» προγραμμάτων από τους χρήστες.

As Herman explains in his post, TCP/IP is by definition an egalitarian protocol. Implemented well, it should result in an equal distribution of available bandwidth in the operator’s network between end-users; so the concept of a bandwidth hog is by definition an impossibility. An end-user can download all his access line will sustain when the network is comparatively empty, but as soon as it fills up from other users’ traffic, his own download (or upload) rate will diminish until it’s no bigger than what anyone else gets.

Ίσως το ουσιαστικότερο επιχείρημα ενάντια στις αξιώσεις των παροχέων.