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Topic # 83531 18-May-2011 08:31 Send private message

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Commerce Commission has today released the final terms of reference for a study into what drives demand for high speed broadband services. The study is intended to identify any factors that may impede the uptake of those services in New Zealand.

The study is conducted under section 9A of the Telecommunications Act 2001, which allows the Commission to take a strategic view of any matter that relates to the telecommunications industry.

The final terms of reference has changed slightly from the draft terms of reference to reflect the feedback received from submissions. “The study has been extended to cover additional areas, including high speed broadband services delivered over wireless networks and the identification of appropriate steps to monitor the market as it develops. Accordingly, we have extended the time for the completion of the study” said Dr Ross Patterson, Telecommunications Commissioner.

“Our aim is to promote competition in telecommunications markets for the long term benefit of end-users of telecommunications services in New Zealand. This study will identify any factors which may inhibit the uptake of high speed broadband services.”

The timeframe and stages for the study are detailed in the final terms of reference. As part of the process, the Commission intends to engage with interested parties and to hold a public conference early next year, before producing a final report in April 2012.

You can view the terms of reference and timeline for the study at the Commission’s website: www.comcom.govt.nz/high-speed-broadband-services-demand-side-study

 




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  Reply # 470393 18-May-2011 08:36 Send private message


On 31 March 2011 the Commission issued Draft Terms of Reference for a demand side study into identifying issues that might affect the uptake of high speed broadband in New Zealand. The final Terms of Reference were released on 17 May 2011.


Here, I will do the study for free: "COST". Cost of deploying it, cost for consumer.





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  Reply # 470483 18-May-2011 13:12 Send private message

Government agency does a study to study why government agencies study obvious stuff in order to keep staff busy so they can justify their jobs?

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  Reply # 470494 18-May-2011 13:27 Send private message

Government agency does a study to identify uptake issues so as to not take advice on uptake issues from parties with a vested interest.

My bet is the report will state that uptake will be limited by ISP's ablity to get content to the users at a cost effective price, content that the bulk of users want will be able to be provided by CDN nodes, ComCom will recommend funds to assist setup and running of regional IX's and also recommend LFC's be required to house CDN hardware and connection's to the fibre network for free.

May also recommend some fund be used to educate the public that their 802.11b wireless router will not cope with 30mbit+ and consumers may need to upgrade internal gear to get the best from a UFB connection

I bet they make a note that the wholesale cost of the connection is below current wholesale rates for other connections




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Reply # 470698 18-May-2011 18:31 Send private message

In this article: http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/5018441/Sky-fails-in-bid-to-take-content-off-UFB it mentions an extremely worrying change from an earlier version of this:

In a change that is likely to be welcomed by large media organisations, the commission dropped a specific reference to "network neutrality" that had been in an earlier draft.

The commission had originally said it would examine the issue of whether the equal treatment of data, regardless of its sources or destination, was an issue in New Zealand.


Great... That doesn't bode well.

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  Reply # 471037 19-May-2011 12:12 Send private message

Pragmatic Net Neutrality imo

Good (Lowers Cost/Improves Performance)

Class based prioritisation of time sensitive traffic on congested/contended bandwidth
eg: voip/gaming > basic www or email > video streaming > http downloads > p2p

Un-metering of usage from content servers hosted within ISP's own network


Bad (Anti Competitive, Political Implications)

ISP's acting as Internet police or censors

Artificially rate shaping traffic to 3rd party services/sites just because they are not your partner or compete with your own offering

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  Reply # 471234 19-May-2011 18:04 Send private message

Don't we already have non-neutral ISP's in this country (i.e all of them)

Every ISP does some kind of QoS already




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  Reply # 471276 19-May-2011 19:51 Send private message

Ragnor: Pragmatic Net Neutrality imo

Good (Lowers Cost/Improves Performance)

Class based prioritisation of time sensitive traffic on congested/contended bandwidth
eg: voip/gaming > basic www or email > video streaming > http downloads > p2p

Un-metering of usage from content servers hosted within ISP's own network


Bad (Anti Competitive, Political Implications)

ISP's acting as Internet police or censors

Artificially rate shaping traffic to 3rd party services/sites just because they are not your partner or compete with your own offering


The bad far, far outweighs the "good".


Beccara: Don't we already have non-neutral ISP's in this country (i.e all of them) 

Every ISP does some kind of QoS already


Yes, but it's a matter of making sure it can't turn into the "bad" stuff up there ^

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  Reply # 471281 19-May-2011 20:02 Send private message

It's a very tough question, Is it ethical for an ISP to uncap speed or unmeter say Youtube because Youtube put in a node at the ISP's main handoff point when someone like vemo who won't is slowed down from the users perspective?




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  Reply # 471400 20-May-2011 01:06 Send private message

Beccara: It's a very tough question, Is it ethical for an ISP to uncap speed or unmeter say Youtube because Youtube put in a node at the ISP's main handoff point when someone like vemo who won't is slowed down from the users perspective?


Nope that's totally normal imo.

Things hosted within the ISP network or near will naturally be faster, with lower latency and have lower cost to deliver.

I do think it would be unethical for an ISP to specifically artificially rate shape Vimeo beyond standard class based priority for time sensitive services on international traffic.

Regulation is probably needed to bring Telecom and Telstraclear back into line on national peering, proper domestic IX would solve a lot of issues for local content providers and ISP's.











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