couple of questions regarding 'lifeline' and large scale nat...

Eric J Esslinger eesslinger at
Fri Feb 10 21:19:24 UTC 2012

We're toying with the idea of a low bitrate 'lifeline' internet on our cable system, maybe even bundled with a certain level of cable service.

First question, if you happen to be doing something like this, what bit rates are you providing.
Second question, though 'real' internet customers all get real IP's, what would you think of doing something like this with 'large scale' nat instead. Understand, we're only talking about basic internet, something like a 256k/96k (or similar) connect, not something that would be used by a serious user. (One thing we are looking at is some older dial up users we still have, most of which could go onto cable just fine but don't want to pay the price).

Also when I say large scale, I doubt I'd have more than a few thousand customers for this. We're not a large ISP/cable company by any means.

Eric Esslinger
Information Services Manager - Fayetteville Public Utilities
(931)433-1522 ext 165

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