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July 3, 2009 topic summary ~by Sofa King~

We are almost on page 90 and this thread is getting a bit repetitive. What have I learned so far?

• Businesses AND Consumers are Greedy.
• Video is changing and it is logical for everyone to be concerned while this gets figured out.
• Broadband is not currently an entitlement, although some may feel that it should be.
• CAPS are concerning, but do have some logic. In a flat-fee billing model they help ensure the majority does not pay for the minority. That said, the minority needs a solution where they get to pay for the usage they want.
• Unlimited bandwidth is not free, but lets make sure CAPs are relative to changing user profiles
• Network management is OK as long as it is non-discriminatory and/or the user is in control of their traffic decisions
• Speed and Usage have different costs based on how they are combined.
• Net neutrality has less to do with consumers and more to do with big business (ISPs and major content distributors)
• Bit's cost money and traffic flows need to be funded.
• All Internet is shared (and oversubscribed)
• "Fiber" is also marketing
• FTTH and DOCSIS3 are base infrastructures and do not provide some sort of huge available capacity.
• Networks are constantly upgraded within their base infrastructures to keep up with growth
• 20Mb FTTH and a 20Mb DOCSIS service have a similar user experience (which is really what is important)
• There are no good data examples of the exaflood, but there are leading indicators of major changes on the Internet around video
• A Meter is needed, but it is understood that if you don't do it right the first time, there are some that will make you regret it (those that probably already have meters). That said, hurry up.
• Broadband is not a monopoly but the barrier to entry for new business is expensive (as are many large businesses) and while there is usually choice, some solutions are more expensive than others.
• If you choose to live in an area that is not well served, that is your choice, not someone elses responsibility
• The government should keep watch, but not sure we need another nationalized industry to follow banking, health care and the auto industry. While those are important issues to addres, this trend is a bit concerning.

And lastly I have learned that people need to lighten up a bit and look at all sides of an issue vs. only repeating the same old tired rhetoric. Picking a nit, single issue above or piling on is easy. Look at the entire issue from all sides to better understand Bandwidth Limits/Congestion Management and all that goes with this discussion.