Network end users to pull down 2 gigabytes a day, continuously?

Brandon Butterworth brandon at
Sun Jan 7 13:41:30 UTC 2007

> Note that video caching systems like P2P networks can
> potentially serve video to extremely large numbers of
> users while consuming reasonably low levels of upstream
> bandwidth.

The total bandwidth used is the same though, no escaping
that, someone pays.

> Then local users
> use local bandwidth to get copies of that broadcast over
> the next few days. 

If it was only redistributed locally. Even in that case it's not
helping much as it still consumes the most expensive bandwidth (for UK
ADSL). Transit is way cheaper than BT ADSL wholesale, you're saving
something that's cheap.

> For this to work, you need P2P software whose algorithms
> are geared to conserving upstream bandwidth

Or the caches that are being sold to fudge the protocols to
keep it local but if you're buying them we could have just
as easily done http download and let it be cached by existing


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