Level 3 blames Internet slowdowns on ISPs' refusal to upgrade networks | Ars Technica

Blake Dunlap ikiris at gmail.com
Sat Mar 22 19:59:42 UTC 2014


I see this argument, and then I remember working for a company that happily
sold 6 and 12 meg dsl from a dslam that was backhauled by a 3mb pair of t1s.

There needs to be some oversight that it is at least possible / likely to
reach a reasonable expectation of normal destinations with the service
limits you were sold.

-Blake
On Mar 22, 2014 12:17 PM, "Keith Medcalf" <kmedcalf at dessus.com> wrote:

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> >I don't see this as a technical problem, but one of business and ethics.
> >ISP X advertises/sells customers "up to 8Mbps" (as an example), but when
> >it comes to delivering that product, they've only guaranteed 512Kbps (if
> >any) because the ISP hasn't put in the infrastructure to support 8Mbps
> >per customer. Customer believes he/she has 8Mbps, Content provider says
> >we provide 8Mbps content, but ISP can (theoretically and in practice)
> >only deliver a fraction of that. That feels like false advertising to me.
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> The problem is that the consumer is too stupid to own a computer and use a
> network.
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> The consumer purchased a product advertized as "up to 8Mbps" but really
> wanted "not less than 8Mbps".
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> It is not false advertizing.  What was delivered is exactly what was
> advertized and exactly what was purchased.
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