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

Joe Abley jabley at ca.afilias.info
Tue Jan 9 16:47:12 UTC 2007


On 9-Jan-2007, at 11:29, Gian Constantine wrote:

> Those numbers are reasonably accurate for some networks at certain  
> times. There is often a back and forth between BitTorrent and NNTP  
> traffic. Many ISPs regulate BitTorrent traffic for this very  
> reason. Massive increases in this type of traffic would not be  
> looked upon favorably.

The act of regulating p2p traffic is a bit like playing whack-a-mole.  
At what point does it cost more to play that game than it costs to  
build out to carry the traffic?

> If you considered my previous posts, you would know I agree  
> streaming is scary on a large scale, but unicast streaming is what  
> I reference. Multicast streaming is the real solution. Ultimately,  
> a global multicast network is the only way to deliver these  
> services to a large market.

The trouble with IP multicast is that it doesn't exist, in a wide- 
scale, deployed, inter-provider sense.


Joe




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