RE: Level 3 blames Internet slowdowns on ISPs’ refusal to upgrade networks | Ars Technica

goemon at goemon at
Sat Mar 22 22:17:36 UTC 2014

On Sat, 22 Mar 2014, Keith Medcalf wrote:
>> 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.
> The problem is that the consumer is too stupid to own a computer and use a network.
> The consumer purchased a product advertized as "up to 8Mbps" but really wanted "not less than 8Mbps".
> It is not false advertizing.  What was delivered is exactly what was advertized and exactly what was purchased.

Up to includes 0. How close to 0 are you delivering on average?


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