Serious Concern: Web Services vs. Bandwidth Caps

image_thumb10 Serious Concern: Web Services vs. Bandwidth CapsThe discussion of bandwidth is still an issue, but although not so visible in the media. Many people are running in to these issues of bandwidth vs. all the web services they want to use…

These bandwidth ‘hogs’, I believe, are on the breaking edge of using their Internet connection for everything they want to do. And they really force the ISP’s to think about the services they offer and HOW they offer it.

I’ve pointed out several times about how biased and closed the ISP’s are about the services they offer, but as always no one shows how it can be ‘more incorrect’ than Comcast. But are they the most business savvy with providing Internet service or are they just evil?

As everything moves to the direction of the Internet, people really need to start contemplating how this affects them and their bandwidth.

Technically, your incoming stream of services depend on your ISP and hardware order much bandwidth you’re using. If you extend yourself in to the realm where you’re getting all your entertainment, work and information via the Internet, you really can’t afford for to ignore this issue.

What ISP’s are doing is scary; it’s scary based on how MUCH control they’ve got over you…

I’m not going to pick on Netflix, but I’m going to use them as an example because they just raised the bar again on streaming video. Netflix customers, 60% of them stream movies directly from the Internet. Netflix’s business model is turning to online customers, streaming media. Netflix depends on customers bandwidth. They depend on X amount of bandwidth to service their customers and for the ISP’s to complete the transactions. And Netflix is really putting the boot to the neck with ISP’s, because they really require some bandwidth to work properly, and for their customer’s to be happy.

ISP’s can turn that off…

AT&T is leading the way on that process. AT&T has already said they’re going to sell priority service for bandwidth— that’s it! That’s all — we’re done. There’s your light switch on your world information connection…

Services like Vonage; same situation. Vonage uses much less bandwidth, but the same situation. Vonage requires bandwidth and requires a certain level of service. AT&T can not decide that service no longer has the right to work as well, unless you pay an upcharge. OH, that sounds nice…

ISP’s can completely control this…

And they can determine if your experience with Vonage, or Netflix, or MagicJack, or your online backup service and even more so the upcoming new Internet connected TV’s; whether or not it’s going to be a good experience. The only deciding factor is whether or not they want to provide their own competing service.

Example, back in February 2010, Comcast offered an offsite backup service for their customers, via Mozy. You could back up all your data remotely and secure your stuff, but Comcast has a default bandwidth limit of 250gb; a service like this will easily eat up 250gb in a month—the smallest hard drive you can get now is 120gb— you do the math.

But the point of the statement is that BECAUSE Comcast was offering this service the limit on the bandwidth cap is lifted and their customers now have exception.

Regardless of the ISP, the service you get is only as good as they want it to be, AND if there’s no opposing service to make them look bad.

And while AT&T U-Verse says there’s no limit on the amount of data you can pull down, I would challenge that they’d have an issue with letting you stream movies 18hrs a day from Netflix [basically 1gb per hour].

Curious about this, I contacted Netflix on the issue of bandwidth and how much their service uses per movie. They confirmed that the amount of bandwidth used per movie, from Netflix is roughly 1gb per hour; and I also believe that number is really a low number.

Looking at this from the eyes of another service, Comcast and AT&T U-Verse wouldn’t have any issues with you streaming video on demand and movies from their default offering — see my point.

Now let’s point out bandwidth penalties.

Bandwidth over usage is a real possibility if your main use of the Internet is to provide all media and communications to the outside world.

Using simple math, a MP3 is roughly 5Mb; twenty of those are a gigabyte— that’s an a little under 2 hrs. of music listening time. A Netflix movie, according to them is 1gb per hour; at 250gb per month – that’s 125 movies a month [maxing our you service completely] and we’re not even discussing, blogging, emails, YouTube and various VOIP services.

This area is where is the ISP’s are hoping their customers are going to get caught up in enjoying all these services, and resultingly leading to overage charges…

Time Warner Cable was charging $1.50 fee per 1gb over the limit fees in Beaumont, TX– when they were doing their trial testing there. It wasn’t until they tried to do the same thing in a metro area that the crap really hit the fan, and they retracted it. But it doesn’t mean it’s dead…

So this is what everyone should be aware of, and concerned about, as the world goes Internet based, on everything.

Someone needs to stop and realize the Internet is here to say, it’s access should have a standard service [to everyone]. And I realize the Internet touches every switch, router, hub client and server on the planet, but limiting, throttling, prioritizing and oppressive practices for it’s services should be lifted.

Ultimately the point, I’m attempting to make, will be the equal to charging for air, to breathe and how much. At which point, it’s human nature to fight back… hoping we don’t get that far.

What do you think?


Until next time,
Larry Henry Jr. 

…via Dragon NaturallySpeaking v10 pro.



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