Internet access – quality denied
Okay so total access has not yet been denied but we are fast getting there. Have any of you noticed how slow the internet has been the past week? And how many times the connection has dropped? Some ISPs have been worse affected than others.
Working in the cloud has certainly been slow of late. Reminds me of the days when we used dialup connections. If you are wondering why we are facing these service issues, wonder no more!
When internet monitoring & surveillance takes place and when content filtering is being done, service can depreciate anywhere from between 10 – 75% – usually at least 35%.
No I am not making this up. There has been a debate going on in Australia where the government is spending A$42 billion on improving and expanding the broadband infrastructure because they realize that broad internet access is going to be essential for E-Learning, E-Health, E-Government and E-Business and to assist in the further development and growth of the economy.
The debate has been surrounding content filtering and if under the current security situation around the world, one should buy/develop content filtering and monitoring software and hardware solutions. Researchers and technologists have warned that if filtering and monitoring is built in, it will slow down the overall Internet experience by as much as 75% thus hurting the Australian economy.
Has our government even thought about this? As it is, service levels are not that amazing and work often takes longer than it should. If filtering and surveillance becomes a trend, we have to worry about declining service levels. In addition to a lack of access to hundreds of sites, even the ones we can access take forever to load, thus impacting on the user experience. I hope the powers that be will wake up to the fact that the actions being taken are only hurting Pakistanis and the Pakistani economy. No-one else is losing anything.