[e2e] Re: economic models for access bandwidth

Barney Wolff barney at databus.com
Wed Apr 18 16:42:14 PDT 2001

I'm astonished to see replayed on end2end the discussion that
occupied com-priv 7-8 years ago, with no new arguments or ideas
from either side.

Having worked for an ISP, I have to side strongly with Ran here.
Real world experience says that you cannot stay in business if
you offer, at higher cost, services that 99% of your subscriber
population do not use.  Nor can you survive if your whole base
gets black-holed or banned from IRC because of a few abusers.

The residential traffic model drives how the network is physically
provisioned, so it may well be impossible to accomodate a heavy
user even if it were easy to charge him more.

TCP copes with the real world.  Don't expect ISPs to behave as
though they lived in an ideal one.  Even the realists are going
under or getting taken over.

Barney Wolff

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