Tuesday, June 14, 2011

ISPs and shaping

Interesting report from the US that reveals work by a third party to measure the extent of traffic "shaping" being undertaken by ISPs.

It raises an important question in the context of the ACMA's Reconnecting the Customer project in particular, and the general idea of "informed markets" in particular.

There is a lot of heat expended on clarity of the "speed" of an Internet link, but speed from your PC to the edge of your ISPs network is one thing but speed through the network is another.

I'm also aware that one major consulting firm has done a thorough study for one wireless provider to validate the statistical basis of their speed claims. The same consultancy has declined to do a report for another provider on the basis that the provider is not prepared to undertake the work necessary to make the claim statistically reliable.

Novae Meridianae Demetae Dexter delenda est

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