Garda Posted September 5, 2006 Share Posted September 5, 2006 I was thinking about net neutality and came up with an idea. Tell me what you think. The idea about NN is that the ISPs are going to throttle bandwidth to allow faster connections from some people and slower connections to people who don't pay up. The argument can be simplified to "if you're using bittorent, your internet connection will be too slow for somebody wanting to watch video from youtube" I was thinking that the best and in my view easist way of dealing with the problem would be at the level of the home user. How about letting the home user themselves control the traffic as it enters their home. Have routers, only slightly smarter than what we have now, decide the speed at which they want to download content. For example, eveything on ports 80, 81, 8000, 8080 can go at max speed. Web traffic needs to be fast, but doesn't usually need that much data. HTML pages are small but to have to wait more than a few seconds for a page to load is really annoying. Anything on the usual bittorent ports can be allowed through only AFTER the other ports are considered. If people want to watch HDTV, the router would know to guarantee at least 1.5MB/s of bandwidth for the HDTV ports. These are just examples, but i think you understand what i mean by this. I don't think that it would even require any special technical knowledge from the user because the idea is pretty simple and could easily be built into the router assuming that there is some sort of agreement on port numbers and the amount of bandwith that they will use, so that the router can be delivered pre-configured and only power users like us for example who would actually want to would need to change anything. IMO this is a way of fixing the problem that ISPs are complaining about. Their argument is that some media needs a special "tube" of its own so that other traffic doesn't interfere with it. If you don't get enough bandwidth for video it will look really shit. I personally believe that this is just a facade behind the real reason for this, which is to charge people to have an internet connection, then charge people to use their internet connection. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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