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[ NNSquad ] Re: Do the Happy Dance people...
On Sat, Aug 30, 2008 at 10:07 AM, Lauren Weinsten did... >> [ Today's 2.5 Mbps streaming Hulu is not (as far as I'm concerned) >> true HD quality vis-a-vis broadcast HD. Nor should subscribers >> be constrained to real-time streaming rates when an obviously >> more powerful model is faster-than-real-time delivery of very >> high quality content to local staging (e.g. local disk) >> facilities. Not only does local staging allow for a more >> responsive interface, but permits off-peak transfers to be >> handled in a much more effective manner. Off peak transfers are >> available to be viewed at the consumer's convenience (during >> prime time, if desired) without adding to peak traffic loads). >> >> If ISPs should decide -- as per your speculation -- that they >> can just "ignore" the analysis of those who question various of >> their (often proprietary) network management decisions, they do >> so at an ever increasing peril of additional and continuing >> regulatory and legislative interventions. >> >> -- Lauren Weinstein >> NNSquad Moderator ] Faster than realtive vs streaming, it doesn't matter for the data volume analysis and gross volume caps: it how much video do you watch and whats the encoding rate. Show me anyone doing video services over IP with data rates over 2.5 Mbps/minute, who is not charging at least $.5/hr for the content? And if your model is "faster than realtime but in off-hours", thats Netflix through the US mail! Once you can tolerate a day's latency, you can't beat the bandwidth of USPS in terms of cheap, efficient delivery of lots and lots and lots of bits. And you are attributing an evil motive/evil intent on comcast: that they are making such limits deliberately anticompetitive. Yet this doesn't pass the laugh test, because they could EASILY make the limits anticompetitive towards the services today (Hulu, Netflix's online service, Amazon Unbox, youtube, iTunes video) which ARE competitors to Comcast's (mostly NOT-HD) pay per view offerings, but they did not! Your charge of anticompetitive is based on nonexistent businesses using an untested mechanism that don't have a good business model (its $.10/GB CHEAPEST, to deliver bits to the net today, and there is serious questions whether much lower bandwidth services like Hulu et al are economically viable). Yet Comcast can easily point to a ton of competitors which are NOT affected by Comcast's policy, yet are on the market today. If the goal is to be an anticompetitive measure, they grossly failed, and lumping Comcast's policy together with the proposals of Time/Warner (~50GB IIRC, which IS kill-the-net anticompetitive) does you a huge disservice. As for your definition of true HD, then you obviously can't consider anything delivered over cable/sattelite "True HD" either, because both of those have a tendency to transcode the HD channels to save bandwidth. Finally, this makes you easier, not harder to ignore. I'm convinced that the only service which meets your neutrality requirements is a business line with an SLA where you actually "get all the bandwidth I paid for". There is a reason why a T1 with an SLA is far more than $50/month, even with a peak bandwidth of only 1.5 Mbps. When the cable companies can say "If you follow what these guys want, it would up the cost of Internet service by 10x" and can JUSTIFY it because you refuse any measure short of this (fairness shaping, caps which affect ~1% or less of the customer base), it becomes much easier to dismiss your legitimate arguments. Rather, what criticsm you could lay is simpler: It is not anticompetitive now, but it could POTENTIALLY become anticompetitive. Thus its important to know if it ever starts affecting more than the 1% extremely long tail. Thus Comcast should publish the percentage of customers who've received a warning in the past 12 months, and the percentage of customers terminated under this policy in the past 12 months. As long as it remains well less than 1%, how would it be anticompetitive?