Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Fraudband Britain: Reasons to Dump Virgin, Part 3

Beardie Branson According to reports, Virgin media has implemented subscriber traffic management (STM) on its cable network. Commonly called throttling, the new policy could restrict your upload and download speeds between 4 pm and 2 am, 7 days a week. For example, reports that for the Broadband Size M package, during peak times (4 pm till 9 pm), users on the Size M package that download at least 300 MB of traffic and/or upload at least 150 MB of traffic will have their broadband speed temporarily traffic managed. Their download speed will be set to 1 Mb, with their upload speed set to 128 kb. This will last for 5 hours from when the traffic management policy is applied, the data used to trigger traffic management is then reset. In some circumstances you could have to wait until 2 am before your speed returns to normal, if STM was triggered at 8:59 pm.

Although Virgin, if challenged, would undoubtedly talk about BitTorrent and peer-to-peer filesharing, in reality STM makes online video delivery via services such as YouTube and the BBC iPlayer rather limited, and in fraudband Britain, the difference between what you pay for and what you get just got a whole lot bigger. Super-fast fibre, my arse.

So maybe it's time to tell beardie Branson where he can stick his cable, and jump into bed with that nice Mr Murdoch, who is at least capable of supplying me with HD TV in the 21st century (even if I have to do a deal with the BT devil to get it).

1 comment:

  1. Absolutely! We are off to BT. Watch this space on how fustrating the hand over can be :-) Jo