This is How Throttling Works…
Posted by Laurel L. Russwurm on August 21, 2009
A lot is happening. The word is spreading… Ok, there’s a new CBC article with some lively comments:
(Go CBC go!)
Although I don’t know if you’d call it a debate really.
There are 3,590 signatures on the dissolve the crtc internet petition when I wrote this.
I’ve added a heap of new links to the sidebar.
The information on throttling was just sent in, found in a forum on Broadband dslreports.com in a forum for CRTC haters.
One of the users provides this very interesting bit of information on how Bell’s Internet Throttling will actually pad the supposed Usage Based Pricing:
this is how throttling works
1. Bell, Rogers, Cogeco drops a percentage of packets to slow down how fast you can upload or download
Packets that never make it to its destination.
Result, you send or receive a 5-gig file and they charge you for over 7-gig.
With UBB in place The Bell’s in Canada not only charge you for the B/W, they are charing you for the b/w they just threw away on you.
(in simple terms, they are dropping +30% of the packets and making you pay for the packets they drop)
In TSI’s case this is now a triple dip.
TSI will add this to your bill courtesy of Bell Canada.
2. Since Bell, Rogers, Cogeco can’t calculate B/W properly as seen throughout their own forums, and since Weights and Measures Canada (another Industry Canada branch) refuses to step in, people are being over-charged on B/W. This is a known fact that can be seen in these forums.
Result: quadruple dip.
–Thanks to Industry Can for that explanation found at CRTC Haters Help Mlerner Cram for Interview on CRTC
Okay I’ve been busy so I never understood the mechanics of just how Bell’s throttling works before.
My understanding of Bell Canada’s justification for “throttling” was that there was too much traffic online. If the way they achieve this is by cluttering the internet up with garbage obviously that’s not the case.
So if it works this way it’s fiendishly clever because first they throttle the customers by flooding their connection with garbage, and now with Usage Based Billing (hah! misnomer or what!) they’re going to be able to charge us not only for the bandwidth we use, but for the garbage they deliberately dump into the bandwidth we are paying for.
And no one is regulating it? And Bell Canada doesn’t really know how much bandwidth is actually being used?
How can they possibly charge us for something called “Usage Based Billing” if it isn’t? I certainly don’t trust Bell Canada to pull the figures for my internet usage out of thin air. Until Industry Canada’s department of Weights and Measures Canada gets in there verifying the numbers, Usage Based Billing can not possibly be implemented.
I’ll have to look into this one a bit more.