Story Tools: PRINT | Text Size: S M L XL | REPORT TYPO | SEND YOUR FEEDBACK

Greece endorses Google's M-Labs

By Peter Nowak, CBCNews.ca.

Eight months ago, Google launched a nifty feature called M-Labs (a.k.a. Measurement Labs). The tool is designed to give internet users some idea of how their connections are being handled by service providers. M-Labs lets you see how your ISP is managing your connection, what kind of bandwidth it's giving you and whether or not you're being throttled.

The search company today announced that Greece's telecommunications regulator is endorsing M-Labs by donating some servers to the project. The Hellenic Telecommunications & Post Commission (known as the EETT), along with the academic Greek Research and Technology Network, are setting up an M-Labs node in Athens and will contribute to improving the system's usability. It's a bit of trail-blazing position, considering that regulators elsewhere – Canada included – have thus far let ISPs manage their networks however they like.

The more interesting part of Google's announcement is the promise that the data being collected by M-Labs will in the next few months be made public. We should then have a comparative picture of how ISPs around the world are managing and shaping internet traffic, and where it's happening. How will Canada fare?

« Previous Post | Main | Next Post »

This discussion is now Open. Submit your Comment.

Comments

Disparishun

Sometimes I have the impression that CBC Technology news consists largely of unedited press releases. This story does not exactly dispel that impression. CBC, what happened to critical journalism, where you try and find two sides to every story? On this one, I'd have liked to have heard who uses MLab, what its limitations are, and what alternatives are out there -- not the exact information I would have expect to have read in a laudatory press release.

Posted September 16, 2009 01:54 PM

Matt Innes

I'd never heard of M-Labs before. Just gave it a try, but it complains that it can't give accurate results because it doesn't have a server close enough to my location.

How about it, CBC? Got any extra servers?

Posted September 20, 2009 12:23 AM

« Previous Post | Main | Next Post »

Post a Comment

Disclaimer:

Note: By submitting your comments you acknowledge that CBC has the right to reproduce, broadcast and publicize those comments or any part thereof in any manner whatsoever. Please note that due to the volume of e-mails we receive, not all comments will be published, and those that are published will not be edited. But all will be carefully read, considered and appreciated.

Note: Due to volume there will be a delay before your comment is processed. Your comment will go through even if you leave this page immediately afterwards.

Privacy Policy | Submissions Policy

[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Story Tools: PRINT | Text Size: S M L XL | REPORT TYPO | SEND YOUR FEEDBACK

World »

CBC IN ISTANBUL 'He always said he was going to kill her': Turkish laws protecting women are often ignored
There is no shortage of laws protecting women in Turkey, activists say. But amid horrifying violence against women, the problem is getting lawyers and judges to apply them.
Manager deflects blame after fire turns Oakland artists' colony into 'mass grave'
Firefighters say they have cleared 85 per cent of the Oakland, Calif., warehouse where a fire broke out Friday night and killed dozens of people during an underground dance party.
'Pizzagate': How a WikiLeaks-fuelled conspiracy theory led to gunfire at a D.C. restaurant
The bizarre rumours began with a leaked email referring to Hillary Clinton and sinister interpretations of pizza parties. It morphed into fake online news stories about a child sex trafficking ring run by prominent Democrats operating out of a Washington, D.C., restaurant.
more »

Canada »

'We can't abandon them': Senators urge more language, mental health supports for Syrian refugees
One year after the first wave of Syrian refugees arrived in Canada, the Senate committee on human rights will release a report today recommending steps to ease the resettlement process.
Environmental group still being investigated by Revenue Canada
A Toronto environmental charity remains just as opposed to pipelines under the Liberal government as it was under the Conservatives. Another thing hasn't changed: Environmental Defence is still being threatened by the CRA for being too political.
Updated Newfoundland veteran Michael Kennedy released from Iraq prison
Newfoundland veteran Michael Kennedy has been released from jail in northern Iraq, his mother confirmed Tuesday afternoon.
more »

Politics »

Pay now or pay even more later: Coalition wants first ministers to boost mental health spending
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will break bread with the country's premiers on Friday. A coalition of mental health organizations hopes they'll discuss the need to increase spending on mental health services. The health lobby says doing nothing now will mean paying much more later.
Liberals paint gloomy picture of Canada's economy
Finance Canada is giving business leaders a decidedly gloomy picture of the Canadian economy as part of the department's pre-budget consultations.
Live John McCallum to spell out Canada's 2017 immigration strategy video
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister John McCallum is providing more details today on Canada's plan to bring in 300,000 immigrants and refugees next year. He will take questions from MPs on the immigration committee beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET and CBCNews.ca will carry it live.
more »

Health »

Sorry - we can't find that page
 
CBC.ca

Sorry, we can't find the page you requested.

  1. Please check the URL in the address bar, or ...
  2. Use the navigation links at left to explore our site, or ...
  3. Enter a term in the Quick Search box at top, or ...
  4. Visit our site map page

In a few moments, you will be taken to our site map page, which will help you find what you looking for.

more »

Arts & Entertainment»

Tragically Hip's Gord Downie honoured at AFN special assembly video
Gord Downie, lead singer of the Tragically Hip and an advocate for First Nations people, is honoured at the Assembly of First Nation's gathering for his work highlighting the plight of those who were subjected to residential schools.
Game of Thrones' actor Peter Vaughan dies at 93
​Veteran British character actor Peter Vaughan, who played the enigmatic Maester Aemon in Game of Thrones, has died aged 93.
Beyoncé, Drake, Adele and Justin Bieber to vie for Grammy Awards
Singers Beyoncé and Adele, as well as Canadians Justin Bieber and Drake are among the lead nominees for the 59th annual Grammy Awards.
more »

Technology & Science »

Scientists develop robotic hand for people with quadriplegia
A mind-controlled robotic hand allows people with certain types of spinal injuries to perform everyday tasks such as using a fork or drinking from a cup.
Privacy watchdogs urge caution with encryption laws
Privacy watchdogs from across Canada warn the government to "proceed cautiously" before passing encryption legislation — a move that would have the potential to undermine the security of everything from financial transactions to online communication.
Canada's 15-year-old students among best global performers in science, math
A new OECD survey finds that Canadian students fare better in science and math than most of their peers around the world, but there's room for improvement.
more »

Money »

Oil price retreats from 18-month peak on high OPEC output
Oil came back down from its highest level since July 2015 on Tuesday as new figures from OPEC show it is pumping out huge amounts of oil even as the cartel is getting set to tighten the spigots in the new year.
Trump calls for cancellation of Air Force One replacement order with Boeing
A tweet from president-elect Donald Trump calling on the U.S. government to scrap an order with Boeing Co. for the development of a replacement for the Air Force One jet temporarily knocked about $1 billion US off the stock market value of the aircraft maker.
TransCanada website changes hint at Keystone XL pipeline revival
The Keystone XL pipeline that President Barack Obama rejected over a year ago seems to be coming back to life — at least online.
more »

Consumer Life »

Sorry - we can't find that page
 
CBC.ca

Sorry, we can't find the page you requested.

  1. Please check the URL in the address bar, or ...
  2. Use the navigation links at left to explore our site, or ...
  3. Enter a term in the Quick Search box at top, or ...
  4. Visit our site map page

In a few moments, you will be taken to our site map page, which will help you find what you looking for.

more »

Sports »

[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Analysis Gary Bettman's Olympic stance remains murky as deadline looms
Later this week, Gary Bettman will assemble with the NHL's board of governors to discuss several issues, including whether or not to participate in the 2018 Olympics. But it's still hard to tell where the commissioner stands on Pyeongchang.
In Depth Why Phylicia George jumped into Kaille Humphries' bobsled
Canadian hurdler Phylicia George was asked by two-time Olympic bobsleigh champion Kaillie Humphries if she would give the sport a shot as a brakeman. George, who penned her personal experience to CBC Sports, not only tried it, but is now on a quest to win an Olympic medal at the 2018 Winter Games.
Coming Up World short-course swimming championships video
Watch live tonight at 6:30 p.m. ET as Penny Oleksiak, Kylie Masse and more Canadian swimming stars compete in the world short-course championships in Windsor, Ont.
more »

Diversions »

[an error occurred while processing this directive]
more »