Observations of an Internet Middleman (Level3) (was: RIP

Mark Tinka mark.tinka at seacom.mu
Fri May 16 15:02:00 UTC 2014

On Friday, May 16, 2014 03:54:33 PM Owen DeLong wrote:

> customers. 2.	This is because when they built their
> business models, they didn’t expect their customers to
> use nearly as much of their promised bandwidth as they
> are now using. Most of the models were constructed
> around the idea that a customer receiving, say 27mbps
> down/7mbps up would use all of that bandwidth in short
> bursts and mostly use less than a megabit.

And in general, models have assumed, for a long time, that 
customer demand patterns are largely asymmetric.

While that is true a lot of the time (especially for eyeball 
networks), it is less so now due to social media. Social 
media forces the use of symmetric bandwidth (like FTTH), 
putting even more demand on the network, and making the gist 
of this thread an even bigger issue, if you discount the 
fact, of course, that Broadband in the U.S. currently sucks 
for a developed market.

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