Google wants your Internet to be faster

Kevin Oberman oberman at
Tue Aug 10 21:57:19 UTC 2010

> From: Joseph Jackson <jjackson at>
> Date: Tue, 10 Aug 2010 14:42:43 -0700
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jeroen van Aart [mailto:jeroen at] 
> Sent: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 3:33 PM
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> Subject: Re: Google wants your Internet to be faster
> Kevin Oberman wrote:
> > That said, the actual, published document has some huge issues. It pays
> > excellent lip service to net neutrality, but it has simply HUGE
> > loopholes with lots of weasel words that could be used to get away with
> > most anything. for example, it expressly excludes and wireless network.
> Not having read any of the articles and not having researched the matter 
> of network neutrality much at all. But wouldn't using either a VPN 
> service or setting up VPN on one or more virtual servers at strategic 
> locations of your choice avoid this? Unless "they" try to bandwidth 
> limit your VPN tunnel(s) indiscriminately. Or did I miss something 
> blatantly obvious?
> At least VPN does a great job of "routing around" GeoIP blocking...
> The way I understand it is if you aren't paying for preferred service
> then your VPN traffic would be at the bottom of the stack on
> forwarding.  So while it gets around GeoIP stuff vpns would be subject
> to the same quality of service settings as any other traffic that
> isn't paying for a faster service.
> Joseph

VPNs are very handy for this, but it is worth remembering that it is not
free. All of the traffic has to traverse the network to the VPN box and
then to the client. This can hit congestion issues, but always increases
RTT and that can be a real pain.
R. Kevin Oberman, Network Engineer
Energy Sciences Network (ESnet)
Ernest O. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab)
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