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My opinion is that caps make little technical sense, and I believe that the fundamental reason for capping is to prevent disruption of the television entertainment business model that feeds the TV screens in most households.

It’s common sense — if you are selling a service bundle to a household that includes a subscription TV service, it would make business sense if there wasn’t enough broadband capacity to replace it.

As of 2008, the Nielsen Co. says that the average American household consumes just over 8 hours per day of TV. To replace this with some sort of innovative and interesting new Over-The-Top offering, it would consume roughly 480 Gigabytes per month (based upon Netflix consumption at their current top “HD” rate.)

Keep in mind that this is the normative household TV consumption, so roughly half of homes view more than this! Add in day-to-day Internet use and clearly the 150GB to 250GB caps which are typical today are an effective blockade.

That said, note that bandwidth management is not used in our network. We upgrade links before congestion occurs.

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CEO of Sonic.net, a popular SF Bay area ISP, on the real reason cable and telco ISPs are pushing bandwidth caps and tiered pricing - and why it’s completely unnecessary

the related links in his blog post are also excellent reading.

publicknowledge:

For Idaho and the Internet, Life in the Slow Lane 

Idaho has the slowest Internet speeds for residential customers in the country, while Rhode Island and other East Coast states have among the fastest, according to a new study.




The United States as a whole lags in speed, coming in 25th behind South Korea, which has the fastest speeds in the world. Even Romania clocks in ahead.


surprise! the US lags far behind most of Europe and the Pacific rim. And the only thing we hear out of our ISPs and carriers is “don’t regulate us”, “allow mergers and consolidations”, “there’s nothing wrong with this market”, and “time for your semi-annual price hike without any accompanying service improvement!”

publicknowledge:

For Idaho and the Internet, Life in the Slow Lane

Idaho has the slowest Internet speeds for residential customers in the country, while Rhode Island and other East Coast states have among the fastest, according to a new study.

The United States as a whole lags in speed, coming in 25th behind South Korea, which has the fastest speeds in the world. Even Romania clocks in ahead.

surprise! the US lags far behind most of Europe and the Pacific rim. And the only thing we hear out of our ISPs and carriers is “don’t regulate us”, “allow mergers and consolidations”, “there’s nothing wrong with this market”, and “time for your semi-annual price hike without any accompanying service improvement!”

(via publicknowledge)

laughingsquid:

FiOS Dominates as FCC Measures Actual Internet Speeds

the day I have to leave FiOS for some other provider (due to a move, say) I will be *very* unhappy. I think I would pretty much refuse to ever get a cable modem, and most telco DSL is only slightly less odious.

edit: turns out the #2, #3 and #4 best-performing ISPs (in terms of delivering what is advertised) are Comcast, Charter and Cox, so maybe I would take a cable modem after all. but then, there’s also TOS, port blocking, torrent interference, home server prohibitions, etc., to consider.

laughingsquid:

FiOS Dominates as FCC Measures Actual Internet Speeds

the day I have to leave FiOS for some other provider (due to a move, say) I will be *very* unhappy. I think I would pretty much refuse to ever get a cable modem, and most telco DSL is only slightly less odious.

edit: turns out the #2, #3 and #4 best-performing ISPs (in terms of delivering what is advertised) are Comcast, Charter and Cox, so maybe I would take a cable modem after all. but then, there’s also TOS, port blocking, torrent interference, home server prohibitions, etc., to consider.