[LINK] Fwd: MR46-05: Lower prices drive shift to broadband
brendansweb at optusnet.com.au
Sun Nov 20 20:34:51 EST 2005
rchirgwin at ozemail.com.au wrote:
>> And, if I can get onto a hobby horse here, that penetration will only
>> become optimal once speed limiting of upload/download is configurable
>> by consumers, not the providers. Any model which assumes a particular
>> traffic profile is fundamentally flawed.
> I'm not quite with you, Brendan. On what parameters would you set
> user-configurable rate limiting?
If there is an x mbs connection into a location that person should be able to elect how to apportion that between upstream and downstream carriage.
> Rate limiting changes download behaviour; but does that necessarily lead
> to slower adoption? If a user can choose between 512k at 1G or 5G or
> 30G, why would the existence of the rate limit make them decide to stick
> with dialup?
Because carriers have adopted a lie for a paradigm (and partly because of a variety of anti-innovation policies) people don't make optimal use of the connectivity available to them. This makes uptake suboptimal.
The majority of data moved around the world is live content like email, photos and home videos, not dead content like movies and music (this despite the enormous size of movies and music). However the net is structured on the premise that dead content is not only relevant, but of primary importance. Every carrier which takes this paradigm to heart and embarks on "moving up the value chain" and selling content gets caned. However it doesn't seem to matter how many get caned or how often they get caned, they never reevaluate the basic assumptions they have made. The only exception I have seen was a Telstra ad which gave as an example of the value of broadband that grandparents could look at videos of their grandchildren.
Carriers should stick to carriage and let purchasers work out how they want to allocate that carriage. As an aside they should be separating their value added services from their carriage offerings.
IMHO of course.
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