NDP using Search Engine Optimization

Posted on September 10, 2008. Filed under: Trends | Tags: , , , , , , |

Now that is another example of how the Internet is changing politics.

Layton targets Google search results to divert online traffic to the NDP

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Bell Sympatico Customer “Service”

Posted on July 30, 2008. Filed under: General | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Wow. What a hassle!

I was on a service call to a client’s place and the following transpired trying to solve an email configuration problem in Outlook Express.

Part 1

The client could not send emails so I checked his setup in the email account profile. Surprise, surprise! The settings were out of date. This client has been a Sympatico user since 1998 and some time ago Sympatico changed the way the email accounts need to be configured. (more…)

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Recent Blog Posts re. Sandvine and traffic throttling

Posted on July 28, 2008. Filed under: Trends | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

CIPPIC seeks comments on Bell/Rogers throttling

Who should pay for the new net?

Why Comcast Can’t Appeal — A Story of Prior Notice and Procedural Problems.

CTIA Ponders “Open”

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Sandvine Hit Over Net Neutrality Issues

Posted on July 8, 2008. Filed under: Hardware, Software, Trends | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Seems there is a backlash from the products Sandvine offers and the net neutrality debate going on in the United States, Canada, and elsewhere may continue to negatively impact this company on the short to medium term.

Factors undermining the forecast include “the effect of the network neutrality debate on Sandvine’s North American installed base, the reduced predictability associated with expansion into new markets such as Sandvine’s entrance into the tier-one DSL and wireless markets, and the increasing number of opportunities being pursued through the indirect sales channel,” the company stated.

I do not wish ill on Sandvine but this story only hi-lights the forces at work as this debate goes on.

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Updated Information Re. Sympatico Traffic Throttling

Posted on July 2, 2008. Filed under: Trends | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

It seem that the numbers do not add up. This is the percentage of number of congested links taken from the most populous subscriber bases that Bell has. If you look at it it appears not that serious at all. Not near the doom and gloom Bell would have you believe.

For more information on this story see:

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Traffic Shaping and How it May Affect You

Posted on April 2, 2008. Filed under: Trends | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

I have long been a fan of a company called Sandvine located in Waterloo, Ontario. Take a moment to read Sandvine MSO Case Study which overviews the impact of peer-to-peer traffic on a typical Multiple System Operatornetwork. It has a suite of hardware and software tools that “help” ISPs define what type of Internet traffic is going over their Internet infrastructure. These tools, at first glance, appear to be of value not only to the Internet service providers as they can determine how their subscribers are using their services but an interesting, and I believe, disturbing trend is emerging.

ISPs can now “traffic shape“. They, not you, can determine the quality of Internet service you receive and they can do this arbitrarily and legally.

Recent developments, that are now coming to light in the mainstream press, with Bell’s Sympatico Internet service are a prelude to a trend that may, in the end, restrict competition and fair and open access to the Internet for the average home user.

In summary, the concern is that Bell, or any other ISP for that matter, can “bundle” their services so that Internet access and download performance is optimized for their services and partners. Say, for example, you want to see a video at a site not affiliated with Bell and you are a Bell Sympatico subscriber. Practically the video you watch on a Rogers/Yahoo site will be identified as such, and since they are a competitor the download speed may be restricted. If you serve the same content from a Sympatico/MSN site you will get faster download performance.

With the convergence of audio-visual entertainment and news in video format moving to the computer, which every day is becoming an appliance like the television, users will notice content degradation if they visit sites Bell deems as competitive to the slew of partnerships it has established.

I am not saying that Bell is the only one, Comcast in the States is currently having it out with its subscriber base over the very same issue.

It should be noted that peer-to-peer traffic is a major traffic type on the Internet. All the same, does Bell or Rogers restrict and analyze the content you create over the phone, be it land-line or cellular? No. Because, by law that is an issue of privacy and they are restricted from doing so. I would think that the same standards apply for the Internet.

Another impact is that soon, if not now, end-users (i.e. consumers = you) will be getting or will get notices soon telling you that your subscription model has changed. Each person has to assess the amount of web traffic they generate and buy a “package” of so many gigabytes per month. Sounds good right? Well guess what the charges are for going over?

Frankly I would rather they deal with email spam as, not only is it a major irritant, but it eats up bandwidth too. Any many of it is simply illegal.

So, take a look at your ISP bills when they come in. If you have people using BitTorrent, LimeWire and do heavy gaming you might be in for a surprise.

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