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Reason To Hope Carriers Won't Win the War On Netflix 213

Posted by timothy
from the but-the-skirmishing-will-continue dept.
Nemo the Magnificent writes "A few days ago we talked over a post by David Raphael accusing Verizon of slowing down Netflix, by way of throttling Amazon AWS. Now Jonathan Feldman gives us reason to believe that the carriers won't win the war on Netflix, because tools for monitoring the performance of carriers will emerge nd we'll catch them if they try. I just now exercised one such tool, NetNeutralityTest.com from Speedchedker Ltd. My carrier is Verizon (FiOS), and the test showed my download speed at the moment to be 12 Mbps. It was the same to Linode in NJ but only 3 Mbps to AWS East. Hmm."
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Reason To Hope Carriers Won't Win the War On Netflix

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  • by Enry (630) <enry AT wayga DOT net> on Sunday February 09, 2014 @05:52PM (#46205337) Journal

    I'm on FIOS with their 50 down/25 up plan. Linode in Newark is 48Mbps, AWS East is 60Mbps. Just saying that a particular path is slow doesn't mean that it's Verizon interfering - it's more likely something else that's causing the problem.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 09, 2014 @06:13PM (#46205469)

    As part of the agreement made for Comcast to purchase NBC, they have to follow the FCC's net neutrality rules for 7 years regardless of what may come from court cases.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 09, 2014 @06:40PM (#46205679)

    Admins have already said Beta will be the only choice when it goes live.

  • Wait. what? (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 09, 2014 @06:56PM (#46205831)

    The FCC wrote the Net Neutrality rules in the first place. It was the federal courts that struck them down, declaring the FCC doesn't have the authority to enforce net neutrality.

    We're blaming the FCC now for...reasons? I realize "fuck beta" and all, but at least target your hate on a reasonable target. The FCC charged up this hill for us, and got shot down in flames.

    What exactly do you expect they could be doing differently that would help?

  • Re:Wait. what? (Score:5, Informative)

    by AnontheDestroyer (3500983) on Sunday February 09, 2014 @09:00PM (#46206667)
    The court said the FCC DOES have the authority to enforce network neutrality, just not under its (the FCC's) current classification of ISPs. That is, the FCC has ISPs classified as "information services," rather than "common carriers." The court ruling says the FCC does have the power to enforce net neutrality against "common carriers," but does not against "information services." The court, but all reasonable interpretations I've see, is right. What needs to happen is ISPs need to be reclassified as "common carriers," or something very similar, but right now all of our politicians and the FCC head in particular are bought up by those same ISPs. There is a reason net neutrality did not last very long after the Citizen's United ruling.
  • Re:Beta. (Score:5, Informative)

    by arth1 (260657) on Sunday February 09, 2014 @09:51PM (#46206897) Homepage Journal

    Dice doesn't own slashdot.jp? wikipedia: "currently owned by OSDN-Japan, Inc."

    Correct, Dice Holdings does not own the Japanese Slashdot and Sourceforge brands or sites. These were split out and sold by VA Linux in 2007, before the sale of the American subsidiaries to Geek.net, and thus not part of the deal. That the buyers chose to call themselves OSDN is going back to the roots - by that time, OSDN had become OSDG.
    As it is, Japanese Slashdot buys advertising space on Slashdot.org for Japanese customers from Dice Holding, and translate articles into Japanese. That's about as far as the cooperation goes.

    Anyhow, at this time, slashdot.jp appears to be the bigger brother, with more traffic than slasdot.org.
    Perhaps they can buy out slashdot.org too. I for one would welcome our new Japanese overlords.

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