Cogent has a long history of instigating peering disputes with other networks. Normally I'd complain about Verizon's behavior but this is Cogent we're talking about. They have -zero- credibility.
I agree that Cogent is no saint, but the argument falls against Verizon here.
Verizon has a responsibility to the paying customer that Verizon do whatever peering is needed to deliver promised bandwidth. Why else does the customer pay Verizon - it's certainly not for access to Verizon's internal network. Granted, Verizon can't afford to peer with every mom-and-pop streaming service, but reasonable to expect peering with Cogent/Netflix when 30% of traffic on the internet is netflix. That's why an ISP is charges the end-user.
Now Verizon, being a near monopoly like Comcast, decides that it has leverage to double-dip. Verizon has a competing service in Redbox Instant, and it certainly is to Verizon's benefit that their competitor Netflix suffers. Proof is in that netflix has offered to put servers on Verizon's internal networks but Verizon is asking 10x the going rate. In other words, Verizon is trying to either a) extract exorbitant money from a competitor or b) degrade the competitor's service. Note, that other ISPs like TWC or google fiber or GreenLight don't seem to be having a problem, just Verizon.
This is why folks, it's an issue of principles of net neutrality and that monopolies should be tightly regulated (deliver traffic only, not content). To avoid conflicts of interest that result in harm to the end-user.
Is it incompetence or corruption folks? Obama went to Harvard and Eric Holder went to Columbia. So I guess we all know the truth.
Before things improve, they will get worse.
Probably and unfortunately. Public isn't interested in holding police accountable until the degree of brutality reaches to levels that everyone can see.
I'm constantly surprised at how some people can only see the bad side to any news.
Finally we're seeing mainstream acceptance of Linux as an alternative to Windows and yet people still complain. This is a great first step, a major manufacturer is putting Linux onto machines designed to be sold to the home in a competitive way. It can only lead to good things, more game manufacturers taking notice and developing their games for the platform, which in turn will make the hardware vendors made decent drivers.
And yet all some people can focus on is the fact that this machine doesn't suit their own personal special snowflake situation. the mind boggles!
Some people are unwilling to appreciate a "better" situation because it's not the "best" situation. An adult version of throwing temper tantrums.
Amazon Glacier has really changed my backup strategy since this time last year
Amazon is cheap but NSA will backup your data for free. Chances are that all your data is already being backed up as we speak.
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