The next time you hear someone harping about how the tubes are clogged with filesharing, either legal or illegal, as the reason why your internet is slow or dropping out you should reference this chart. According to Sandvine, who would tend to know this sort of thing, just over 65% of all traffic is media streaming. Chances are that the vast majority of that traffic is legal, coming from Netflix, YouTube, Spotify and the wide variety of other online content providers. Indeed, chances are you pay to use that service so when your connection degrades and you contact your ISP about it make sure to have this handy as a reference.
If those companies want to charge you for a service they should actually provide it and not try to blame their lack of infrastructure or insight on something else. Unfortunately they will probably ignore the data and the only result of knowing this will be a sharp increase in your blood pressure. Still, knowing is half the battle so head to re/code for a look at the charts they have compiled into this article.
"Here’s the latest breakdown from broadband services company Sandvine of “fixed access” — for the purposes of this piece, read it as “home broadband” — Internet usage during peak evening hours. That big red bar in the middle is the one to focus on."
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