Net congestion no problem, except for one big 'but': Netflix -Cnet- EDITED
Preliminary data on Internet congestion in the US indicates there isn't much of it -- unless Netflix is part of the equation.Washington, DC -- Early data compiled by one of the country's premier technology universities indicates that the points where US Internet service providers link up their networks are generally free of abnormal congestion -- except when Netflix becomes part of the equation.
The preliminary report from the largest research laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, released Wednesday in partnership with the US Congressional Internet Caucus, attempts to clarify the facts behind the complicated debate of Net neutrality, the concept that all Internet content should be delivered without preference or discrimination.
Disregarding Netflix traffic, MIT's measurements found only occasional points of congestion where ISPs interconnect -- typically two or three congested links per ISP for about one or two hours a day. Congestion tended to be on costly links, like those that must travel under oceans.
But the early data may only fuel ongoing bickering about a topic that is complicated by not only a lack of mainstream familiarity about how the Internet works but also the absence of transparency about the deals connecting networksKen Florance, Netflix vice president of content delivery, said he both agreed and disagreed with the generalization that congestion is not widespread. In most markets with most networks, Netflix has found no persistent congestion issues, but a few of the largest residential providers in the US "deliberately and systematically allowed their connections to congest," he said.
"A few top networks were purposely degrading their networks to get money out of content providers," he said.
by Joan E. Solsman
@joan_e June 18, 2014 5:04 PM PDT
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