symmetric vs. asymmetric [was: Verizon Policy Statement on Net Neutrality]
lowen at pari.edu
Mon Mar 2 16:28:08 UTC 2015
On 02/28/2015 05:46 PM, Mark Andrews wrote:
> Home users should be able to upload a content in the same amount
> of time it takes to download content.
Once a week I upload a 100MB+ MP3 (that I produced myself, and for which
I own the copyright) to a cloud server. I have a reasonable ADSL
circuit at home, but it takes quite a bit of my time to upload that one
file. Even if the average BW was throttled to 512k, it would be really
nice to have 7Mb/s up for just a minute or ten so I can shut the machine
down and go to bed. Cloud services are becoming the choice for all
kinds of content distribution, and there are more content creators out
there than you might think who need to do exactly what I need to do.
Yes, I do remember the days of dialup, in particular I remember the
quite interesting business model of free.org, which dramatically reduced
my long distance bill that I had been paying to dial up Eskimo North
(I'm in the Southeast US, incidentally). And then we got dialup
locally, and my old Okidata 9600 modem got a workout.
And, well, I still use my connection in much the same way as I used
dialup, turning it off when I'm not using it. I almost never leave it
up all night; if my router isn't online it can't be used for malicious
purposes, etc. And, no, I have no alternatives to the ILEC's DSL here,
as 3G/4G cell service simply doesn't get to my house (now on the ridge
behind my house, great 4G bandwidth, but I'm down in a valley, and the
shadowing algorithm's show the story; I ran a Splat simulation from the
cell tower site; across the creek from my house is the edge of one of
the diffraction zones where good service can be found, and my house is
in a deep null....)
Thanks all for the interesting symmetry discussion; this has been enjoyable.
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