Thursday, July 08, 2010

Will metered broadband prevent Internet "brownouts"? 2012 can come too soon

Time Warner Cable has been saying that metered broadband Internet use will prevent “Internet brownouts” that will start to occur by 2012, if there are not some action taken to charge for unreasonable use.

Brownouts would probably cause intermittent loss of connectivity that would cause video loads to stall repeatedly.

On the other hand, some businesses like Netflix (and YouTube) feel that their business model of streaming new indepndent films legally over the Internet for rental could be affected.

The article by Martin Bosworth appeared in Consumer Affairs in April 2009, link here.

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