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RE: BitTorrent swarms have a deadly bite on broadband nets

  • From: Buhrmaster, Gary
  • Date: Mon Oct 22 20:54:24 2007

> ... Why not suck up and go with the
> economic solution? Seems like the easy thing is for the ISPs to come
> clean and admit their "unlimited" service is not and put in upload
> caps and charge for overages.

Who will be the first?  If there *is* competition in the
marketplace, the cable company does not want to be the
first to say "We limit you" (even if it is true, and
has always been true, for some values of truth).  This
is not a technical problem (telling of the truth), it
is a marketing issue.  In case it has escaped anyone on
this list, I will assert that marketings strengths have
never been telling the truth, the whole truth, and
nothing but the truth.  I read the fine print in my
broadband contract.  It states that ones mileage (speed)
will vary, and the download/upload speeds are maximum
only (and lots of other caveats and protections for the
provider; none for me, that I recall).  But most people
do not read the fine contract, but only see the TV
advertisements for cable with the turtle, or the flyers
in the mail with a cheap price for DSL (so you do not
forget, order before midnight tonight!).