|Received:||2/15/2007 10:21:51 AM|
|Agency:||Federal Trade Commission|
|Rule:||Broadband Connectivity Competition Policy|
Comments:My Connection to the live broadcast slowed down so much that all 3 windows ( video, transcript, and slide ) appeared to have stopped working. I have a 1.5Mbps incomming DSL connection provided & provisioned by Verizon. I live about 400 miles from Washington DC. Yet after an hour or so the panels for the live broad cast die a slow death. Although one might think that its an ( 2 day ) isolated experience just attributable the the FTC forum, I also have that same symptom when I connect to a 199Kbps connection to a video feed in san-francisco. Speed would be start off at 199Kbps, but would slowly degrade to phone line speeds ( 48Kbps ). I have no idea as to why this happens. I can't tell if its software, or DSL speeds, or Verizons' attempt to throttle usage in real-time video feeds. I have, as I tried to listen to the forum, closed the connection, and restarted the software a few times. Yet each time the presentation of the information slowed down. Only 2 times the presenters appeard animated. Most of the other times, video frames were updated once every 10 seconds. Now that I have 2 separate incidents of the same symptom, I wonder if in fact that my local ISP is purposly degrading the video speed to the 'Real Video' application. Or degrades such a connection to all. How does one know who to blame? Who will begin that investigation?