Linked by fran on Tue 1st Feb 2011 23:04 UTC
Internet & Networking There is a falling out between governments & ISPs on the one hand and consumer groups and companies like YouTube and Netflix on the other. Lately more punitive measures affecting these companies and consumers have emerged that include increased throttling, greater per-usage billing and lower internet caps. The internet as whole is struggling to find a self-sustaining business model that supports the rising speed and bandwidth requirements of consumers and online media purveyors. The conflict boils down to who should pay and to what degree they should pay.
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RE: Usage fees
by echo.ranger on Thu 3rd Feb 2011 22:33 UTC in reply to "Usage fees"
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Do not for even one second think that download caps and high excess charges will go to pay to improve the network. Australia practically never knew a time without download caps and exorbitant excess charges, and our internet connectivity is among the poorest in the western world (if you happen to live outside the CBD of Sydney). Our mobile network coverage is terrible if you happen to use anyone other than the formerly state-run monopoly Telstra.

In the case of Australia I can see the costs for ISPs certainly being higher. I would think that most Australian users are accessing content outside the country, and all of that bandwidth has to go through undersea cables to various other countries. Undersea cables are horridly expensive to install and maintain and that cost has to go somewhere.

Not that I'm saying what Telstra is charging is right or that they are upgrading their networks (I've heard a large number of complaints about them from various people & businesses), but I would expect the cost of delivery to be significantly higher than someone like myself in the states.

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