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Re: Usage based pricing is coming for good or ill
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.
"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.