That's a pretty big deal right now in France so I thought I'd start a blog and let you know about something that's pissing me off.
Since a few weeks, Youtube has been getting slower and slower in France, to the point where it's impossible to watch a video (even 320p) from 5pm to 11pm every day.
The reason is simple, the cables that peers with the biggest french ISPs got too small for the huge amount of trafic that is generated by youtube and especially beacuse of the 720p and 1080p videos. French ISPs believe that it generates 20% of their bandwidth cost.
What happened is that they decided NOT to upgrade the cable because they believe that they shouldn't be the ones paying for a service that google provides for free.
They want Google to contribute to the upgrade of the peering point with US/Youtube and they're claiming that either Google helps, or subscribers will need to pay more money to have access to that kind of content. One of the CEOs of the main french ISP said "I think it's legitimate that google contributes to pay for the network they force us to build".
It's a big deal because we're talking about 15 millions people concerned here, and some people think that ISPs have the right to deny the service, because Google is "ruining" them.
What's your opinion ?
Free, Orange and SFR slow down google services: