Home media servers, AUPs, and upstream bandwidth utilization.

Roland Dobbins rdobbins at cisco.com
Mon Dec 25 00:55:47 UTC 2006


On Dec 24, 2006, at 4:44 PM, Jeroen Massar wrote:

> That said ISP's should simply have a package saying "50GiB/month costs
> XX euros, 100GiB/month costs double" etc.

In the U.S. and Canada, the expectation has been set to an assumption  
of 'unlimited' bandwdith consumption for a fixed price in the  
consumer market.  AT&T WorldNet helped popularize that model early-on  
(you can thank or curse Tom Evslin for that, according to your  
inclinations, heh), and it has become de rigeur for most U.S./ 
Canadian broadband SPs to follow suit.

Which raises a related question of whether North American operators  
believe that offering value-added services such as placeshifting  
(which is a familiar enough concept that a significant population of  
the userbase seem to grasp the idea without a lot of explanation)  
might prove amenable to metered billing?

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