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jmn1207
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join:2000-07-19
Ashburn, VA
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Control Infrastructure Updates

The caps are being implemented to prevent something from coming along that would drastically increase the customer demand for an increase in data usage. Caps are being set at a number that the ISP engineers feel is acceptable to allow for the network to operate efficiently with their current build-out plans.

It is simply a preventative measure that protects the business from being blindsided by some new, must-have service that would otherwise have their customers gobbling up bandwidth at a rate the ISPs promised when sold, but realistically are not prepared to actually provide. With these caps in place, the ISP can update the infrastructure at their own pace, without having to be worried about consumer demand and standard market tactics interfering and forcing competition to take root.

talz13

join:2006-03-15
Avon, OH
And the month that happens, they will have booted off 50% of their subscriber base. What are they supposed to use to fund network upgrades then?

WhatNow
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join:2009-05-06
Charlotte, NC
Reviews:
·Time Warner Cable
They have already been blindsided by streaming video. The telco system was designed for e-mail and static websites. The pipes feeding many of the dslams can not handle more then one or two customers streaming video. They have upgraded many of the dslams in the cities but not those in the smaller towns and those on the edge or rural areas. These are beginning to be replaced with upgraded equipment like Uverse and Fios.
I don't see the big problem at the present time it is a problem for 2 or 5%. The problem is as you move upstream if everybody increases say 10% it does not take long before you are replacing or adding main routers because you have hit 100% capacity. You are not adding anymore revenue but have doubled your equipment cost. If you are adding customers you need to add capacity but if a small percentage of customers are doubling your cost you cut them off.

steevo22

join:2002-10-17
Fullerton, CA
Reviews:
·Time Warner Cable
·AT&T DSL Service
reply to jmn1207
said by jmn1207:

The caps are being implemented to prevent something from coming along that would drastically increase the customer demand for an increase in data usage. Caps are being set at a number that the ISP engineers feel is acceptable to allow for the network to operate efficiently with their current build-out plans.

It is simply a preventative measure that protects the business from being blindsided by some new, must-have service that would otherwise have their customers gobbling up bandwidth at a rate the ISPs promised when sold, but realistically are not prepared to actually provide. With these caps in place, the ISP can update the infrastructure at their own pace, without having to be worried about consumer demand and standard market tactics interfering and forcing competition to take root.

But in the case of AT&T you get 150 GB/month, 250GB if you subscribe to UVERSE IP Video (cable tv). However, your UVERSE usage doesn't count towards your 250GB cap, whereas if you used Netflix, HULU, Boxee or some other IP Video service it does count.

So apparently you can leave 4 tvs on 24x7 on different channels fed by UVERSE and that wouldn't negatively affect AT&T's network, or that's what you would think by the way their caps are designed.

That's the essence of non-Net Neutrality, isn't it?


jmn1207
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join:2000-07-19
Ashburn, VA
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said by steevo22:

That's the essence of non-Net Neutrality, isn't it?

Absolutely, as far as consumers care.