Internet Capacity, Network Traffic and Net Neutrality

by Marco M
“Internet Capacity, Network Traffic
And Net Neutrality”

Some of the challenges facing the Internet, users and providers, are the ability to improve and expand the current infrastructure. Studies have shown that the Internet is reaching a critical point where demand is out pacing supply; consequently, the service providers need to work harder and quicker to keep-up with Internet growth by implementing faster and more efficient equipment, such as routers and fiber optics just to mention a few, so Internet traffic can continue to flow adequately. Another very important issue, right now, is Net Neutrality; this concerns Internet usage for individuals and organizations of all types, “In 2007, Comcast tried to control traffic over their network”; however, “The Federal Communications commission (FCC), by a 3-2 vote, determined that the move by Comcast was illegal”. Large service providers such as AT&T, Verizon and Google, amongst others, are trying to unilaterally decide who they want to give preferential content treatment, just as Comcast did in 2007, therefore, that those companies would give traffic priority to those companies who pay more to the Service Providers and as a result of that practice, consumers would be force to limited choices and false advertisement.

In my opinion, service provider have the responsibility to upgrade their networks and keep the content as is right now, with no preferences based on who pays more to the Service Provider companies, currently, content in Google and all other search engines is based on number of request for particular content, not who pays more. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) should stop Comcast, AT&T, Verizon and all other that want to make profit based on restrictions to all of us, the customer, otherwise, we will all lose.

Citation:

Internet Capacity, Network Traffic And Net Neutrality, Rose, Chris International Journal of Management and Information Systems; Fourth Quarter 2010; 14, 5; ABI/INFORM Complete pg. 9, http://0-search.proquest.com.opac.library.csupomona.edu/abicomplete/docview/819649563/132264E121345AF059D/4?accountid=10357

2 thoughts on “Internet Capacity, Network Traffic and Net Neutrality”

  1. I agree with the fact that it would be absurd to restrict us with bandwidth usage due to limited capabilities of the current network technologies. However, I think we the consumers are fighting a losing battle. I am certain that these network giants such as At&T and comcast have lobbyists who will force to pass laws on network usage so they can gain more profit. Sadly, consumers voices are still too limited to be heard..

  2. I really like the part about how the general public is constantly demanding faster internet speeds all the time. It’s tough because a lot of people cannot upgrade to newer technologies such as fiber optics because of their geographic location or the local service providers have not yet upgraded their systems. I don’t understand the demand for such speed though. I know high speed internet (DSL, Cable) are necessary to load most websites now a days, but the need for 50mbps and above download or upload speeds are somewhat unnecessary. I’m pretty sure if you ask anyone who wants, or says they “need” the faster speeds what they are doing with their internet time, you will hear that they want to download files (mostly pirated music, videos and software) or stream files smoother. I also have to disagree with you and Boshi saying that providers shouldn’t restrict bandwidth usage. For the reasons stated above, people are just hogging up bandwidth for unnecessary usages. If I need to make a video conference call through the internet for work and productive purposes, why should I suffer so that a few million people can download the newest Blockbuster Hit online? I don’t think they should restrict bandwidth completely, but I believe there needs to be some sort of regulation of what sort of data is being downloaded/uploaded.

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