07 May 2014

How the Internet Really Works, Level 3 Network, ISP Congestion

Level 3 network map
Level 3 Network Map

In the picture above, Level 3 shows the main connections of its backbone network. The orange lines are cable systems that Level 3 built and fully owns. And the yellow lines are owned by multiple carriers or leased. Comcast and other ISPs trying to shakedown carriers like Level 3 -- why is the US government allowing these predatory, monopolistic, unfair practices?

Observations of an Internet Middleman | Beyond Bandwidth: "...A port that is on average utilised at 90 percent will be saturated, dropping packets, for several hours a day. We have congested ports saturated to those levels with 12 of our 51 peers. Six of those 12 have a single congested port, and we are both (Level 3 and our peer) in the process of making upgrades – this is business as usual and happens occasionally as traffic swings around the Internet as customers change providers. That leaves the remaining six peers with congestion on almost all of the interconnect ports between us. Congestion that is permanent, has been in place for well over a year and where our peer [e.g., Comcast] refuses to augment capacity. They are deliberately harming the service they deliver to their paying customers. They are not allowing us to fulfil the requests their customers make for content. Five of those congested peers are in the United States and one is in Europe. There are none in any other part of the world. All six are large Broadband consumer networks with a dominant or exclusive market share in their local market. In countries or markets where consumers have multiple Broadband choices (like the UK) there are no congested peers...."

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