[tpm] [u-u] Usage Based Billing - What you should know..
daniel at benoy.name
daniel at benoy.name
Wed Feb 23 13:29:27 PST 2011
>> If they want to give people unlimited bandwidth on their
>> pipes don't you think they should be able to?
> I haven't been able to penetrate the rhetoric on either side to
> determine if that's an option or not.
If you want, you can do some research yourself into these costs. There
are two networks your data passes into before reaching the internet at
large if you're a Bell or Rogers customer. First, the local network
controlled by your ISP that gets your data to nearby central facilities,
and from there to main datacenters. Second, there's the datacenter's
peer connections (the 'internet backbones').
You can go check out some major bandwidth providers and see what their
rates are. They generally charge a fixed rate based on link capacity,
or on 95th percentile usage based billing.
As for the ISP network, typically the interconnects between the local
user facilities and their datacenters (called 'backhauls') will be dark
fiber connections or simple LAN extensions supplied by third parties and
they won't pay based on usage at all, and in the case of cable, the
actual cable lines themselves become a kind of shared network for each
neighborhood. (The current network system of this type in wide
deployment is called DOCSIS 3)
Unfortunately, it's a lot harder to research these types of costs for
yourself, because Bell and Rogers aren't about to tell everyone how
efficient/inefficient their network is. To complicate matters further,
the CRTC enforces a 'one cable and one phone carrier per area' rule.
(All third party providers are actually just leasing lines from Bell or
Rogers.) So, with their monopoly position over their respective
territories, there's no way to compare competing DSL or cable provider
prices, so we're forced to take their word for it when they claim that
$2/GB is simply the cost of bandwidth.
The way I see it, the government just needs to let multiple companies
run their cables to your house, so that they can compete on the basis of
their entire network, from top to bottom, and this problem will
evaporate as third party ISPs like teksavvy elect to just run their own
phone, fiber, and cable lines rather than deal with Bell and Rogers.
(Or, under the threat of that happening, Bell and Rogers are forced to
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