Monthly archive for February2014

Broadband speeds are dependent on RSPs’ policies too

Last week I introduced the muddy waters of broadband speed tests. What muddies the issue is that there is not a standardised methodology for speed test services and therefore, the results gathered are open to selective interpretation. A speedtest is important to consumers because it…

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The muddy waters of Broadband Speedtests

The speed of our broadband connection matters. It matters to retail service providers (RSPs) in terms of promoting their services and in up-selling customers to a more expensive service. It matters to us, as customers of RSPs, in terms of service quality and in terms…

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Net Neutrality 3: Governments are the major threat to the open Internet

In a previous article in this series on net neutrality, I argued that regulations to ensure an open Internet were not necessary in urban areas.  There, strong and even-handed competition will expose attempts by retail service providers (RSPs) to game the Internet to their exclusive…

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Net Neutrality 2: Regulations needed where competition fails.

Last week, we discussed a US court ruling that may affect our costs in using the internet and concluded that it is actually the power play between content providers (Netflix, Youtube, etc) and retail service providers (RSPs) like Verizon that will lead to an increase…

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