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Re: Home media servers, AUPs, and upstream bandwidth utilization.

  • From: Roland Dobbins
  • Date: Sun Dec 24 20:00:51 2006
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On Dec 24, 2006, at 4:44 PM, Jeroen Massar wrote:

That said ISP's should simply have a package saying "50GiB/month costs
XX euros, 100GiB/month costs double" etc.
In the U.S. and Canada, the expectation has been set to an assumption of 'unlimited' bandwdith consumption for a fixed price in the consumer market. AT&T WorldNet helped popularize that model early-on (you can thank or curse Tom Evslin for that, according to your inclinations, heh), and it has become de rigeur for most U.S./ Canadian broadband SPs to follow suit.

Which raises a related question of whether North American operators believe that offering value-added services such as placeshifting (which is a familiar enough concept that a significant population of the userbase seem to grasp the idea without a lot of explanation) might prove amenable to metered billing?

Roland Dobbins <[email protected]> // 408.527.6376 voice

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