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why not only cap the peak use? I was recently looking at internet offerings in a small city in Russia where I used to live back in the times when dial-up was popular.
Now with broadband, what I've noticed is that many providers over there still offer discounts during the night:
Many tariff plans have a 10Mbps cap during the daytime, 09:00/21:00, and then a 20Mbps cap during the nighttime, 21:00/09:00. What defines the daytime also depends on how provider does business: a provider that is mostly residential and that has a night-time-extra for every user may define it as 00:00/09:00, whereas one that provides the nighttime extra for a small premium, and, perhaps, also caters to many businesses, may go 21:00/09:00. Cost is about 400 RUB/mo, e.g. 13 USD/mo.
And in Moscow, one of the most expensive cities in the world, with home.corbina.ru, 500 RUB/mo (16 USD/mo) gets you 30Mbps unlimited, or 60 Mbps for 650 RUB/mo (21 USD/mo). Apparently, they don't bother to have daytime/nighttime tariffs in Moscow, probably because it'll cost more to actually implement such features than what it's worth.
In San Jose, where all of these networking technologies are developed by people on H-1Bs? You'd be lucky to get 10Mbps and 10ms to the nearest internet exchange!
| || In Russia, pretty much everyone peers in Moscow, so, until very-very recently, it was actually commonplace to see a distinction between non-foreign (peer'ed) and foreign (transit) traffic. And a couple of Russian transit providers that didn't want to peer in Moscow for free (think of a Russian version of AT&T, but with Comcast attitude), would be end up connecting their Russian customers with the rest of Russia through London. (Similar to how Comcast did to Netflix a while back.)|
This has since died out, since it's probably a bigger hassle to keep accounting of all of these things, than to simply average it out for everyone, and not care all that much of what's transit and what's peering.
Basically, that's kinda been my conclusion: all these tricks can be be useful in theory, until you look at the bigger picture, and realise that it's probably just cheaper to forget about it, and get faster pipes to everyone.