The FCC is planning new net neutrality rules. And they could enshrine pay-for-play. - The Washington Post
Justin M. Streiner
streiner at cluebyfour.org
Sun Apr 27 16:23:27 UTC 2014
On Sun, 27 Apr 2014, Rick Astley wrote:
> That amount of data is massive scale. I don't see it as double dipping
> because each party is buying the pipe they are using. I am buying a 15Mbps
> pipe to my home but just because we are communicating over the Internet
> doesn't mean the money I am paying covers the cost of your connection too.
> You must still buy your own pipe in the same way Netflix would. I covered
> this scenario in more detail in my post "What Net Neutrality should and
> should not cover" but if you expand on the assumption that paying for an
> internet connection also pays for the direct connection of every party who
> you exchange traffic with then you have a scenario where only half the
> people connected to the Internet should have to pay at all for their
> connection because any scenario where people simply buy their own pipe
> would be considered "double billing".
The size of the pipes involved doesn't change the fundamental premise that
double-dipping is involved. Comcast, et al want to be paid twice for the
same traffic. The money I pay Verizon every month for my Fios
connection, by itself, doesn't pay for the rest of their network, but
take the millions of Fios customers as a whole, and the revenue stream
is significant. We'll leave the government-mandated revenue stream
out of the equation for now. Just about every ISP, and certainly all of
the big ones, practice statistical multiplexing - there is always some
amount of oversubscription at play. Add up the subscription speeds of
every Fios customer, and the total ingress/egress capacity of Verizon's
network, and the two numbers will not be equal - not by a long shot.
While 100G linecards and optics are still very expensive, those costs will
come down over time. Even at that, the cost of adding a 100G link between
Big Network A and Big Network B is at most pennies per customer.
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