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

  • From: Joe Greco
  • Date: Sat Oct 06 14:52:30 2007

> In the Australian ISP's case (which is what started this) it's rather
> worse.
> The local telco monopoly bills between $30 and $50 per month for access
> to the copper tail.
> So there's essentially no such thing as a $19.99/month connection here
> (except for short-lived "flash-in-the-pan" loss-leaders, and we all know
> how they turn out)
> So to run the numbers:  A customer who averages .25Mbit/sec on a tail acquired
> from the incumbent requires --
>    Port/line rental from the telco   ~ $50
>    IP transit                        ~ $ 6 (your number)
>    Transpacific backhaul             ~ $50 (I'm not making this up)

These look like great places for some improvement.

> Like I said a few messages ago, as much as your marketplace derides 
> caps and quotas, I'm pretty sure that most of you would prefer to do 
> business with my constraints than with yours.

That's nice from *your* point of view, as an ISP, but from the end-user's
point of view, it discourages the development and deployment of the next
killer app, which is the point that I've been making.

... JG
Joe Greco - Network Services - Milwaukee, WI -
"We call it the 'one bite at the apple' rule. Give me one chance [and] then I
won't contact you again." - Direct Marketing Ass'n position on e-mail spam(CNN)
With 24 million small businesses in the US alone, that's way too many apples.