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Gami00

join:2010-03-11
Mississauga, ON
reply to FFH5

Re: Usage based pricing is coming for good or ill

except, your ISPs will take a page out of canada's book, and still do speed tiers PLUS UBB/caps...

ISurfTooMuch

join:2007-04-23
Tuscaloosa, AL
said by Gami00:

except, your ISPs will take a page out of canada's book, and still do speed tiers PLUS UBB/caps...

That's exactly what they'll do.

But to comment on the parent, you can't completely do away with cable modem speed restrictions. If you uncapped the modems, a few people downloading large files would overload a node and prevent anyone else from getting much data at all.

And you can bet that, if people have unused data near the end of their billing cycle, they're sure as hell going to use it...unless caps are set so low that everyone goes over.


Simba7
I Void Warranties

join:2003-03-24
Billings, MT
said by ISurfTooMuch:

And you can bet that, if people have unused data near the end of their billing cycle, they're sure as hell going to use it...unless caps are set so low that everyone goes over.

Unless they have "Rollover MBs", which I really doubt it.

I'm betting that the Internet will see much less usage if this crap passes. That means the ISP's won't have to upgrade anything anytime in the future and more money in their pocket.
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Skippy25

join:2000-09-13
Hazelwood, MO
reply to ISurfTooMuch
You obviously do not understand networking then. As the network will work no different if it was working at 10% utilization or 90% utilization. Therefore 1 person, is not going to eat up all the bandwidth from all the network so others can't use it. No worse then you do at any company that has hundreds/thousands of user's going through a 100MB pipe.

If anything, line speed would allow any and all users to get what they need and get off the network quicker, regardless of what it is. And per byte billing would bring down the overall usage as extreme users start going into the high end $$ tiers.


Switeck

@comcast.net
"As the network will work no different if it was working at 10% utilization or 90% utilization."

Untrue, unfortunately. In a packet-switching environment, average pingtimes goes up rapidly even before 60% utilization hits. By 90% utilization on what's essentially a hub system (cablemodem upload channel), packet loss starts occurring and everyone's connectivity becomes really poor.

For ADSL DSLAMs, they often have very small backhauls relative to the total bandwidth all the ADSL modems could pull if in use at once. There may be 300-500 modems connected sharing a 100 mbit/sec fiber backhaul.