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

  • From: Andy Davidson
  • Date: Mon Oct 08 07:27:12 2007

On 4 Oct 2007, at 22:52, Vassili Tchersky wrote:

In Europe, the only ISPs where i've seen bandwith quotas was some
cables operators, while in Canada bandwith quotas seem to be still in
place at many ISPs.

In this bit of Europe (UK), it's the opposite: the cable companies (CLEC style companies) tend to run unlimited (but within fair use) aggregate throughput policies, but the DSL operating companies have to impose aggregate throughput caps because the last mile connectivity is run by the national incumbent.

Bandwidth here is cheap on the face of it (ethernet presented ip transit is a bargain, exchange connections are not expensive, peering happens widely too), but because the last mile hurts, this affects consumer pricing.

I wonder if this is the case in the OP's country.