Mark Cuban does not own the internet

Cuban on bandwidth hogs and tiered broadband gets it all wrong, when accusing P2P users of jamming up “his internet”

When it comes to broadband internet access, you can have speed or large volumes of data transfer. You can’t have both. One certainty in the broadband world is that for those of us with cable or DSL modems connecting us to the internet, there is still a finite amount of bandwidth available. When a user consumes a disproportionate and significant amount of bandwidth, it can and will slow down everyone. I hate that.

If the choice is between your being able to download more movies or other video and my getting the best possible speed from my internet connection, I’m thrilled when you get kicked off. It can’t happen soon enough. Speed is what I need. Take all your P2P downloads and get the hell off my internet.

I have no sympathy for bandwidth hogs. You all are productivity killers for the rest of us. People who are working, people who are trying to play games, people who are in virtual worlds, people who are networking, people who are just trying to watch a Youtube video or their favorite TV show, you all are the reason why we get incredibly annoyed by slowdowns and buffering.

Leave and take your bit torrent client with you.

Well Mark, who appointed you arbiter of what is and isn’t good internet, and why do you think streaming video, the application you are pushing, has such a privileged position? That was probably the same person that decided that the internet was yours, right? If if that were so (and it ain’t) data indicates that streaming video creates more bottle-necks on the internet than bit torrent.

If I use P2P, I could just as well say: all those idiots who are gaming are jamming up the network. (But I am not going to go as far as Mark and claim the internet is ‘mine’)

Well, get off the double standard. A megabyte is a megabyte, and what application I chose to use, is my business, not yours.

Oh and my they way: bit torrent is about 20% of the ISP AT&T’s internet traffic, and it mainly happens at night. Bit-torrent traffic peaks at about 4am, and most users (myself included) set up their bit-torrent client to throttle back bandwidth during the night. Streaming video, by contrast is very much a peak-time application, so it does and will create slow downs, too.:

http://blog.wired.com/business/2008/06/att-embraces-bi.html

excerpt: Donovan admits that users self-adjust their habits to take advantage of off-peak times. For instance, he said, BitTorrent on the company’s network peaks around 4 a.m., when other traffic is at an ebb.

http://www.publicknowledge.org/node/1598

excerpt: ‘Despite the industry’s constant invocation of the P2P bogeyman, at present, the largest bandwidth hog is actually streaming video,’ writes Mehan Jayasuriya at Public Knowledge. ‘Clearly, the emergence of online video is something that cable video providers find very threatening and by capping off bandwidth usage, they’re effectively killing two birds with one stone; discouraging users from using their Internet connections for video while increasing the efficiency of the network. Is this anti-competitive? It sure seems like it.'”

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Mark Cuban does not own the internet

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