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Aug 16, 2014, 04:25 AM
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Throttled by Virgin

So at 4am, after hitting 6.45GB & a stretch of 9 megabit downloading,

Bandwidth was finally cut down to 128kbit with an email saying 2.5GB was exceeded & the party was over until the next billing cycle. It was definitely strange timing.

The internet screams bloody murder whenever someone complains about unlimited plans not really being unlimited & how it's the corporation's right to cut you off for degrading the network performance, but look. Who's suffering from degraded network performance at 4am?

The solution to network performance is a priority queue. If the quota is exceeded, you put the user on the bottom of the queue. If the network is idle, they get the full bandwidth. If the network is full, they get reduced bandwidth. Voice calls have been prioritized higher than data for all time without requiring the data to be limited to 128kbit.

Bandwidth throttling has nothing to do with improving network performance, but is meant to force you to pay for a higher end plan. The idea makes sense in terms of profits, if you offer a higher end plan, but Virgin doesn't. They just offer 2.5GB plans.

The Goog shows Virgin trying many experiments in network management, from temporary throttling to upload throttling to peak hour throttling, but never the obvious priority queue. Maybe it's technologically unfeasible to achieve such prioritization, but Kiwipedia says it's a tried & true practice.

Virgin obviously can't figure out a solution or doesn't have any incentive to do the obvious. It's another time when easy solutions abound but easy money doesn't make them worth it, much like 20 years ago when IIS crashed constantly & no-one could bother with the easy solution of using apache & Linux.

Well, you're probably more productive in the current situation, but come the next interview or online course, it's going to be DSL.
Last edited by Jack Crossfire; Aug 16, 2014 at 04:44 AM.
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