Net Neutrality


Net neutrality is sidelined as of Monday, the law barred internet companies from throttling speeds of traffic and required them to treat all internet packets as equal.  It also restricted them from charging streaming providers an additional fee to assure that their video content was not degraded.


With the repeal of the law, this activity is now legal allowing that the internet providers post their policies regarding the handling of the information.  Some states are moving to plug the repeal by enacting state laws to restore the law at least within their boundaries.  These state laws are pending so they will not stop the initial effects of the repeal.


Ones who understand the logistics of how the internet information flow works will have many questions on what will result from some states throttling while others don’t.  A computer initiates a packet requesting information from another computer.  The requesting computer is in a non throttled state and the other computer is in a non throttled state but the traffic linking the two needs to go through a throttled state.  I assume what will happen is that the requesting computer traffic speed will move at a fast speed until the packet is received at a router in a throttled state.  The speed will be throttled.  When it is received by a router in a non throttled state, the speed can’t be returned to its original speed.  Even if it were, the overall stream would be slowed down because the way streaming works is the entire file is broken into smaller packets, these packets are numbered so when the are received by the end user’s computer they will be played back in the correct order.  When a packet is slowed, it works to slow down the playback as the receiving computer is programmed to play the packets in the correct order.

Author: outwalking
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