Thursday, February 26, 2015

Throttling is Good

Why the FCC is wrong

The FCC voted on their regulations for the internet and in these regulations they made throttling illegal. What is throttling? Not piping someones web traffic through their fastest equipment unless a service pays a fee to ensure the traffic goes through it.

A lot of people think it is a good idea; they don't think a company should pay to use the fast lane. This analogy has been used to which I need to point out toll roads tend to be faster because you need to pay to use them and a lot of people don't want to pay for it. Who owns tool roads/fast lanes? The government.

It's like states in which gambling is illegal but there is a state lottery. But I am going a bit off topic here.

So what is the fast lane? The latest and greatest equipment.

When something new is available does a company throw away all of their old equipment and replace everything with something new? NO! That would be stupid. A blog site does not need the fastest connection. Ads do not need the fastest connection. Are people complaining they are not getting ads loaded into webpages fast enough? Screw you Adblocker Plus! Git me dem ads NOW!

A total replacement of an infrastructure with something new means a serious chance of catastrophic failure due to the new technology basically being a beta implementation even if the product is not beta but a commercial release. Installing something new always means finding out what works and what does not and correcting for "what does not" which is "beta" in the context of implementation.

New products need to be introduced into the system gradually. The services that pay for the "fast lane" are actually funding hot new technologies that will become a standard. This is market forces.

The cost the streaming movie sites to pay for the fast lane is baked into their subscription fees. This means that the fast lane is really being paid by people using the fast lane just like a toll road. Now that the FCC has banned that that means users that don't pay for streaming movies will have to pay for that bandwidth anyways because internet providers will have to raise prices to pay for this new equipment; maybe they won't raise prices and they will just let speeds lag due to lack of upgrading. Welcome to Obamanet.

New Rules

The "new rules" mean that providers can not give any preferential treatment to providers of any content. This now means that any connection you make to any user must be randomized on the response. If you want to watch a movie will you get the fastest connection or the bare minimum your contract promises or can provide?

FCC guarantees Russian Roulette connections

I believe I have dotted the points close enough that I do not need to draw the picture, but just in case here I will draw it.

There are two endpoints in an internet connection. The user/requester and the destination/content. Point A requesting point B.

Unless I have misread the release, point B is regulated, not point A.

What does this mean? You are piped through your fastest connection you paid for and the response comes back through the next available port whether it be the latest and greatest connection or a 2600 baud modem because speed discrimination is not allowed.

Nuke the reload button

So here you sit in the brave new world of 'net neutrality.' You will hit the refresh button over and over until the traffic sniffer you installed lets you know you have secured a 'fast' connection fast enough at the lowest resolution you are willing to watch the desired video you want to see. Sometimes you get it in minutes, sometimes you wait till tomorrow. Wouldn't it be nice if you had an option to pay for immediate service?

That might come. But once it does, might the FCC quash that like they quashed content providers ensuring reliable content?

Is that government equality? Equal random chance regardless of the willingness of customers and providers to secure the fastest connection through payment options?

Laissez faire internet

Laissez faire internet is gone. Its only correction is through the legislative branch or a brutal implementation of the second amendment. We fought the revolutionary war over a tax on tea. What do you value more? The internet or tea?

Hackers Paradise

What else could a hacker ask for but unbridled bandwidth. Yeah. Net neutrality means unlimited bandwidth to hackers.

So I mentioned point A is restricted through contracts but point B must get blind access to the net.

Oh joy. Root kits will now install speed detectors to see if they have top speed connections. Net neutrality will encourage cost effective speeds in root kits.

Thank you FCC for making the most cost effective services on the net available unrestricted to hackers.