quote: I'd love to see another smartphone come close to that kind of loyalty.
quote: As the article AND common sense tells us, they exist because ISPs rightly assume that not all people use their connection full speed 24x7.
quote: If they really are overselling by that much then they really deserve to have some trouble
quote: Dial-up is still available at $9.95 a month and is adequate for email & VOIP. Of course Windows update may take a week of transfers once a month, but you can just buy the CD from Microsoft :P
quote: You're [sic] reasoning is incorrect though because the capacity is there even if no one uses it.
quote: If someone downloads alot at 3AM when no-one is there then it hurts no-one
quote: When you have 100K average users, a single 100GB pipe is all you need. When you have 100K heavy users, you need ten of those 100GB pipes.
quote: Not even close to correct of course. For longhaul backbone, there isn't one "terminating device". There's usually a whole room of them. Why? Because one single DCS/DSX/router/whatever doesn't have nearly the capacity needed. AT&T and Verizon have entire multi-story buildings devoted to nothing but holding this equipment.
quote: Sorry, chippie, but it turns out I am VERY familiar with said equipment. You think a 5ESS or a DACS IV runs in blades? The equipment used for, say, an OC-192 SONET Ring is not the rinky-dink crap your local ISP or college campus runs.
quote: You can't repeal the laws of economics with wishful thinking. Supplying bandwidth costs money. When 5% of the user base consumes 75% of the bandwidth, the other 95% DO get hurt.
quote: I know how emotionally appealing it is to just say "eat it, carriers!" but it doesn't work that way. Carriers are going to make money no matter what. The rest of us are going to pay for it, either through higher prices or lowered service quality.
quote: However, usage costs them nothing. Assuming the network is running anyway, it costs them no more to send me data than it does for them to not do so.
quote: You don't like oversold capacity?
quote: As for a company finding a way to charge for a service and make more money. What's going on in the world? It's almost like we live in a consumerist, capitalist, free market economy or something.
quote: You do know that there is no such thing as "free" bandwidth.
quote: And why should you be charged by the KB? well guess what, it's because it costs them money to send you the data. Networks aren't free you know.
quote: Metered Internet is a big threat to the Internet as we know it.
quote: So much is based on the idea that Bandwidth is Free. Internet Video will die, as Watching one High Definition movie is enough to push you over the measly 5 GB Cap.
quote: It reduces the cost effectiveness of VOIP.
quote: Obviously it would kill File Sharing.
quote: Every time I reload windows, I download about 6 Gig of updates for Windows, Office and Other stuff.
quote: Bottom line, is companies are tired of racing each other to upgrade there networks to win customers, they want to fix the system so they can turn it into Plain Old telephone infrastructure that runs and maintains itself and requires no investment.
quote: So much hardware that is currently out there doesn't support bandwidth caps. Without flashing your router to void its warranty to load Tomato or DD-WRT. There is no way to monitor your bandwidth.
quote: The ultimate insult to injury is I have to pay for Flash Ads that use my bandwidth. What happens when a bot net attaches to my computer and starts using my bandwidth to spam people and decimate porn and other crap.
quote: There is absolutely no good reason to go to bandwidth caps, that is unless your a fat cat at a Telco.
quote: I agree that something needs to be done with abusers of the current system
quote: AT&T's spokersperson says that while AT&T is "about a year behind" Verizon and Sprint in terms of 4G deployment, the company feels that its technology will hit the market at about the same times as smart phones that can take full advantage of the tech hit the market (in 2011).
quote: AT&T slashed its infrastructure investment in 2009, but this year hopes to invest slightly more to prepare for the iPad and iPhone demand.