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Level 3 Wants To Make Peering a Net Neutrality Issue 182

Posted by Soulskill
from the first-among-peers dept.
New submitter thule writes "A story at Gigaom talks about how Level 3 is trying to pull peering into the net neutrality issue. Regulating peering could hamper how the Internet is interconnected, potentially turning it into a bureaucratic mess. Should peering be regulated?" Reader raque points out that Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is banging the net neutrality drum, too: "Some major ISPs, like Cablevision, already practice strong net neutrality and for their broadband subscribers, the quality of Netflix and other streaming services is outstanding. But on other big ISPs, due to a lack of sufficient interconnectivity, Netflix performance has been constrained, subjecting consumers who pay a lot of money for high-speed Internet to high buffering rates, long wait times and poor video quality. ... Once Netflix agrees to pay the ISP interconnection fees, however, sufficient capacity is made available and high quality service for consumers is restored. If this kind of leverage is effective against Netflix, which is pretty large, imagine the plight of smaller services today and in the future. Roughly the same arbitrary tax is demanded from the intermediaries such as Cogent and Level 3, who supply millions of websites with connectivity, leading to a poor consumer experience."

Comment: Re:Does *any* industry start a new union anymore? (Score 1) 761

I certainly agree with you and would fully place myself behind such efforts to modernize worker/employee/labor laws however the people that would actually benefit from this would be "group-thought" into believing its bad for them. This is why unions in most environments are thought of as old dinosaurs that have outstayed their time. They will do everything they can to keep themselves here while contributing very little to the overall cause of their missions. I know full well that unions have enabled the common-man to have better wages, safer workplaces and fair compensation but I also know how they have hindered many developments of future growth to the same businesses. Unions are no unlike the rest of the world. Environments, culture, people and places all change and eventually need to be looked at again with an open mind. As long as most people believe that the government or someone else will take care of them they will be glad to be thought-for by others. Since there is no easy way to show long term damage until it is typically catastrophically to late, this trend will likely remain.

Comment: Lower the standard (Score 1) 717

by what2123 (#41585749) Attached to: How We'll Get To 54.5 Mpg By 2025
We will get there by lowering the expectation. We expect that a Gallon will be equal to the set volume that it is currently at but in 13 years, a Gallon will represent nearly 2.5X the amount that it does today. This is still logically correct when discussing MPG's and there isn't a thing you can do about it. Now get off my math.

Comment: Re:Like everywhere else it's been tried... (Score 1) 732

Keep adding a million migrants or so each year that scrape bottom barrel to live but use the same exact healthcare system. What little money they "save" usually goes back to their home country for their even poorer families. The problem is compound in America as we want to help others out but many of those people can't come close to helping themselves out. They ignore the rules that we have to protect our nation from these sort of issues but we also have rules that say, "You're here, let us help you." It's good humanitarianly speaking but you can't have the huge disparity in what is being paid and how much they are paying into. Canada is very stable when it comes to this and the disparity between the rich and poor is much smaller. Canada will most like remain good in most aspects as they don't seem to have any real change in population growth. The U.S simply cannot handle the type influx it has been seeing over the past 15-20 years.

Comment: Re:Like everywhere else it's been tried... (Score 1) 732

You generalize Americans as though we don't see the problem ourselves. We damn well know what a lot of the problems are, we just aren't allowed to talk about them. Talking about *important* matters only makes those that are dumb-voted in the office angry. When they get angry, they start to make laws that are only in place to make feel like they have accomplished something. It is 100% rubbish, all around, left or right.

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