Susanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | The US Independent
May 6, 2014
Level 3 revealed that several internet service providers (ISPs) are “deliberately harming the service they deliver to their paying customers” because the congestion they cause by foregoing upgrading their networks is worth more than keeping the internet clear.
Mark Taylor, vice president of the tech corporation said that ISPs are “not allowing” Level 3 to “fulfill the requests” users make “for content”.
As a “backbone” of the internet, Level 3 facilitates internet traffic moving from one place to another without a hitch. This is largely dependent on the cooperation of ISPs who have now become “reluctant to spend the money on network upgrades.”
Level 3 explained “these companies are operating in markets where they do not face significant competition and they know that they will not earn major revenue by spending the money. In countries or markets where consumers have multiple Broadband choices (like the UK) there are no congested peers.”
Taylor said he concluded from his corporation’s “51 direct interconnections around the world with other autonomous networks” that large portions of the web were being controlled by a small number of businesses which is directly causational to the internet “traffic, congestion, lost data and slower speeds”.
With the 6 major ISPs located in the US and Europe who are in direct control of this problem, their unwillingness to upgrade their systems means that the “congestion that is permanent, has been in place for well over a year and where our peer refuses to augment capacity.”
Taylor wrote. “All six are large broadband consumer networks with a dominant or exclusive market share in their local market.”
In 2014, Michael Mooney at Level 3 wrote : “Some ISPs … have refused to augment [upgrade] their networks UNLESS the content providers they connect to agree to pay them to do so. These ISPs simply view these arbitrary tolls as new sources of revenue for their last-mile-bottleneck monopolies, or as a way to unfairly discriminate against content that competes with the content the ISPs themselves supply.”
Mooney explained these ISPs “try to strong-arm the content providers into paying by playing a game of ‘chicken’ with the Internet. These ISPs break the Internet by refusing to increase the size of their networks unless their tolls are paid.”
Back in April, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have unveiled rules that prevents internet service providers (ISPs) from discriminating or blocking content from any website or brand.
Simultaneously, the FCC will also hand over power to ISPs to give preferential treatment to self-determined websites with an additional agreement that websites will be “commercially reasonable”.
This would funnel huge amounts of cash flow to be used to ensure consumers are marketed to and followed across the internet for promotional purposes.
This proposal has given cause for Comcast, Verizon, Time Warner Cable (TWC) to expand their overreaching controls to monitor content and decide what is available for internet users to see.
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