[LINK] Forum on high speed bandwidth in Australia

Birch, Jim Jim.Birch at dhhs.tas.gov.au
Tue May 5 11:04:57 AEST 2009

To add 2c:

Isn't the volume charging problem tied to the high cost of accessing the
US internet?  AFAIK (maybe someone could set me straight) ISP's can
source internal or peered content very cheaply but need to pay
significant dollars for external, especially US content (including dumb
stuff like MS updates), so the volume limits and per Mb rates are based
on users accessing US content, which is kinda what's actually done now.
If we our national system was much faster, local or locally mirrored
content and sites would get an advantage in speed/responsiveness.  If
changing was differential, or local content was uncharged, the impact
would be greater. 

The national network would provide a real boost for local services and
locally hosted services if the cost model is done right.  If it's a flat
rate, it will make for faster contention on the US links.

BTW does "high speed bandwidth" mean that the bandwidth is coming to you
at a high speed or something?



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