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Originally Posted by Masked
I really HATE to say this...In fact, you know I hate to say this...But, it's rather undisputed that packet density has rocketed over the past decade.
I'm not playing devil's advocate because I think this is as crappy as everyone else but, the FCC as well as our dying infrastructure, really led to this development.
The Judge TOLD the FCC to re-define their statutes. Which was actually one of the primary reasons Obama got elected in the first place. Therefor, we have to believe that something WILL be done.
In the meantime, the FCC is attempting to regulate what actually happens. You can't exactly cry foul in this situation because they're doing what they can, with the restrictions that they're given atm.
The FCC needs a complete overhaul, no doubt but, most of this problem is caused by our infrastructure.
Remove the FCC from this discussion in it's entirety and you have a failing infrastructure with multiple hubs that can't handle the load from new apps/programs/games/general internet use.
Granted, it's largely the fault of the FCC that this occurs in the first place, packet density and packet density, alone, has already caused 2 major tables to drop within the past 3 months.
In fact, I remember when SWTOR practically caused the entire Austin table to drop...Plus the Cox failure to fix 2-3 primary routing hubs leading up to that table...It was an unmitigated disaster.
Of course, everyone blames Bioware...When it's actually the fault of AT&T + Cox...So rarely people hear about what actually happened.
We're having a similar issue now in D3. Intermittent random lag whenever data is requested from the server. - Quite frankly, the fact that they switched back to that table was very stupid. I still feel it's a server issue on their end but, it could actually be the table, again...Who knows.
Until we actually address the infrastructure issues at an ISP level, we won't be equipped to handle the density/traffic that currently passes through those hubs.
We won't ever be able to resolve this at the ISP level, especially now!
People can try and blame the infrastructure, but that only goes so far. As you said the FCC pretty much destroyed the infrastructure, and with what regulations they do have has prevented it from growing. However! That is small change compared to what has been done, in terms of damage, by the big ISPs and their greed.
The truth of the matter is that the Internet is quickly becoming almost a public service, like power, yet we aren't afforded the same protections and rights as power or other utilities. We aren't given access to the funding, grants and ultra low interest rate loans, as public utilities.
What most people aren't aware of is that power companies and telephone companies often have their own separate fiber infrastructures that only they can use, because it is for "utilities" only. Many of these networks capacity far exceeds the usage of them, but ISPs can't use them, because we aren't a utility.
A phenomenal example of this; 3 miles, over the air, from my home is a mountain top that we broadcast from, the power company also broadcasts from it for communication with their fleet in the area over radio. The drive up to the tower location is almost 45 minutes from my home, due to how winding and long the road itself is. Ground conditions are mostly solid rock, very little dirt sitting on top of it, it is a pretty rough area.
The power company ran FIBER to the top of that mountain and has ONE PHONE attached to it!!! All for in the event their tech is up there and needs to ring back to their office! An estimated $100,000 run of fiber to support A SINGLE PHONE on a mountain top that MIGHT get picked up every two years!!
Instead of using a wireless back-haul back down into the valley we asked them if we could pay for transport service. Guess what? We were told to go fly a kite, the Fiber is for "Utility" use only.
If we are going to fix our infrastructure the government needs to classify ISPs differently, provide funding, and change who can use what on the infrastructure.