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Japanese firm to offer priority access to new data network

Written by Rich Fiscus (Google+) @ 08 Oct 2007 19:59 User comments (4)

Japanese firm to offer priority access to new data network A Japanese telecommunications company is planning to implement a nationwide data network that will offer connection speeds between 30Mbps to 1Gbps.
What's raising some eyebrows about the ambitious plan, is NTT Group's stated intention to charge extra for priority access to network bandwidth. That would mean customers who don't pay extra might experience quality issues with Streaming media like television programs if network resources are stretched thin.

The issue of paying for bandwidth is at the heart of the Net Neutrality debate. While broadband service providers often point fingers at consumers and online media providers, consumers tend to disagree with that assessment. Since internet service providers often market their services as being suitable for things like streaming, a lot of consumers feel ISP attempts to charge extra for bandwidth required for streaming are unreasonable.

Ironically, the company unveiled a video conferencing application at the same time.

Source: CNet News

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4 user comments

19.10.2007 5:26

Wow! Could you imagine all the things you could do and see. Would it make a difference what kind of computer prowess you have? And I think this will be only the beginning. Computers are getting better and faster by the year and right along side that is the internet. It seems only a few years ago people thought a 386dx and a baud modem to a local BBS was something.

29.10.2007 8:41

This is a bit different than Net Neutrality, the ISP itself is offering services in tiers.

311.10.2007 14:48
wicche
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Never ever in America will you see speeds like that.

421.10.2007 17:41


A Japanese telecommunications company is planning to implement a nationwide data network that will offer connection speeds between 30Mbps to 1Gbps.

This is going to get some attention regardless of the cost that is going to be involved.

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