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Monday, September 09, 2013

"Brits couldn’t give a tinker’s cuss about traffic management" - or know what it is...

Brits couldn’t give a tinker’s cuss about traffic management — Tech News and Analysis: "The results are mixed: only one in 10 people surveyed actually had any idea what traffic management was, but 73 percent of those who did said their ISP was good at conveying its terms transparently. What’s more, once the researchers explained to people what traffic management was, only 6 percent said they would consider it as a factor when deciding on their next ISP contract.
This may have something to do with the fact that people are pretty satisfied with the internet service they’re getting – 81 percent of those surveyed about fixed connections, and 73 percent regarding mobile. Again, the fact that only 29 percent of those surveyed counted connection speed as their top priority suggests to me that people are happy with what they have."
I would draw a further conclusion - because almost no consumers understand what net neutrality is, and even fewer know that 'traffic management' is, it's defaults that will dictate the future of the open Internet (not a bad question to ask consumers if they want their ISP censoring their Internet traffic perhaps?) So it's for government to decide - should traffic management be regulated or not? That depends on whether you want to encourage the next generation of YouTubes, Spotifies and WhatsApp. If you don't, there's no problem. If, like Tim Berners Lee, you do...'via Blog this'

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