posted on Nov, 22 2017 @ 06:27 PM
The main problem that the ISP's have is that internet data is like freeway traffic. Some users just read a view websites, download Email and use
instant messaging. That's like getting postcards and letters delivered by the post office. Thousands of items can be carried by one post office van.
Then there are those who like to exchange PDF documents, 3D models, images, textures and other data. That's like getting boxes delivered by courier.
Take up a bit more space, but they can fin in the van. Then at the far end are those who download Linux distros for DVD, watch Youtube videos. That's
like requiring a convoy of delivery vans to transfer all those Gigabytes. Extreme users are constantly downloading via BitTorrent. Equivalent of a
non-stop fleet of delivery vans going to and from one address.
The ISP's argue that all these heavy-load users are ruining the Internet for everyone by slowing things down and that they need to "shape" traffic so
that Email and webpage users aren't slowed down by all that video. They've got their way, but they cannot favor Netflix over Youtube or anything like
that. However, there is no shortage of capacity for data to travel along fibre-optic links. It's now possible to have terabit speeds on fibre-optic as
well as a near infinite range of optical wavelengths. So the limited capacity isn't a valid argument.
The fear is that they might slow down or even block rivals in order to market their own video conferencing services, streamed movies and anything that
could possibly be a value-added feature. Like the way you have to pay extra to get
voicemail, caller-ID, three-way calling on a landline.