Online games stealing your bandwidth

Jack Bates jbates at
Tue Sep 28 18:25:41 UTC 2010

On 9/28/2010 1:00 PM, Warren Bailey wrote:
> Jack,
> Forgive me if I'm mistaken, but looking at your website - do you only offer dial up services? This could be the background for a statement like "a proper ISP doesn't encourage any type of traffic." We have a couple of OC-192 running to Seattle, so certain "types" of traffic can make a good day turn very badly without some traffic "management".

BrightNet itself has ILEC's as customers. We're a turnkey glue for ILECs 
nearby. Among other things, I provide engineering support and advise for 
each ILEC. Each has their own levels of service, management, and 
technologies deployed including wireless, cellular, DSL, FTTH, and 
cable. I'm currently running around 1.2gbit between us and 4 NSP 
transits with 3gbit available. Some of the ILECs have additional load 
shifting with other transits. I estimate the need to go 10Gig ring or 
split transit in less than 5 years at current growth rates, and the 
largest problem we've run into is getting infrastructure to handle gig-e 
speeds out of rural ILECs for the 100+ mile longhauls. I've had issues 
with gig-e connectivity just getting out of OKC to enough NSP transits 
and it will become more difficult/expensive when we do hit 10G.

As it currently stands, we usually have no problems with event spikes, 
though we sometimes have to tweek the traffic paths depending on how the 
NSPs do. The largest issues have always been the last mile. As we 
resolve last mile costs (which dropping 100% fiber in a rural area today 
doesn't have the safety nets and guarantees that were provided when 
copper was dropped in), we'll then have to tackle the longhaul 
connectivity issues, but hopefully the cost to handle that will drop as 


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