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Re: Why do some ISP's have bandwidth quotas?

  • From: David E. Smith
  • Date: Thu Oct 04 10:55:49 2007

Hex Star wrote:
Why is it that the US has ISP's with either no quotas or obscenely high ones while countries like Australia have ISP's with ~12gb quotas? Is there some kind of added cost running a non US ISP?

There are more than a few US ISPs that have bandwidth quotas, mostly in the last-mile fixed-wireless space.

I imagine the cost of backhauling traffic a few thousand miles in underseas cables would add to the cost of running an ISP in, say, Australia, especially since many sites the end-users will want to see are still hosted in the US.

David Smith