[e2e] Re: crippled Internet

RJ Atkinson rja at inet.org
Wed Apr 18 08:04:14 PDT 2001

At 10:43 18/04/01, Jon Crowcroft wrote:
>(would someone like to start a phone company that allows outgoing
>calls only  -? not much of a business case:-)

        It is well known that the technical limitations of
cable modem networks include the asymmetric bandwidth 
(very limited upstream capacity, relative to downstream) 
and the shared nature of the bandwidth (more like big yellow
Ethernet than the modern switched stuff).

        Neither RR nor @Home actually prevent users from offering
a server/service, provided it doesn't cause such bandwidth
problems that other users sharing the same commons (i.e.
last mile subnet) complain.  This is all about preventing
a tragedy of the commons, nothing more sinister than that.

        I think the service offerings are quite reasonable,
particularly for the quite low monthly cost.  Neither @Home 
nor RoadRunner has griped about my VPN or firewall or 
other 'unusual' services in use over their network.

        Clearly you disagree with me.   Degustibus non
disputantum est. :-)


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