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iansltx

join:2007-02-19
Austin, TX
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reply to battleup

Re: pathetic

He runs an ISP...and adds a dose of reality to some of these topics. Like the fact that most folks don't care about more than a few megabits per second, as long as those few megabits are reasonably low-latency and jitter-free...and are usable 24x7 to most of the Internet.

Also, there are still routers made in the past six months that are only 10/100. They're also less than $30 apiece. Cheap computers...same thing. Granted, if you're paying $300 per month for an internet connection your stuff is probably all gigabit, but I'll let you in on a secret: there's a very, VERY small percentage of the Internet that can run at 300M down. This is from experience...I've used Mac Pros running Windows 7, tied to a campus network (good peering and transit) at a gigabit, with 10G to the peering point and 10G pipes to places where they were needed...and gotten less than 300 Mbps on every speed test I came across. This is with high-end Cisco gear on every hop, no throttling and no congestion (the entire campus averages 300-400 Mbps at this point, and that's with a supercomputer or two).

As much as I think gigabit symmetric on GFiber is cool, you'll find that even 300M is next to impossible to max, and will be for the next two or three years. 100M is about the fastest residential connection where you aren't running headlong into diminishing returns.



ArrayList
netbus developer
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join:2005-03-19
Evanston, IL
Reviews:
·Comcast

said by iansltx:

As much as I think gigabit symmetric on GFiber is cool, you'll find that even 300M is next to impossible to max, and will be for the next two or three years.

Not sure about you, but last I checked things can change quite a bit in 2 or 3 years.

iansltx

join:2007-02-19
Austin, TX
kudos:2

Yep. $20 says that 24 months from now you still won't need 300M for 99% of web sites. Of course, that's mostly because there will still be people who can't get 50M at that point.


jcremin

join:2009-12-22
Siren, WI
kudos:2

said by iansltx:

Yep. $20 says that 24 months from now you still won't need 300M for 99% of web sites.

I'll go a step farther and say that over 90% of the population won't have a need for 100 Mbps by the year 2020.

In other words, I'm saying that I believe less than 10% of the population will have any real need for even 100 megs for at least 8 more years.


ArrayList
netbus developer
Premium
join:2005-03-19
Evanston, IL

it kinda sucks when things go good for awhile then they just peter out. Seriously, what stopped the growth of broadband?


Skippy25

join:2000-09-13
Hazelwood, MO

Cable and Teleco greed with a splash of incompetent government representation is what stopped broadband.