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RE: Questions about Internet Packet Losses
From: Peter Cole <peter () telescan com>
Date: Tue, 14 Jan 1997 14:26:55 -0600

  People want/need information,  Lots of it and lots of different kinds of it.  They don't/won't wait on it.  Packet 
loose limits the growth of the Internet by reducing the desire to use the Internet to move different kinds of 
information.  The better it works the more we will all use it, until we get tired of waiting for it.  Then we back off 
and: place a phone call, send a fax,  turn on the radio, go to the library or the post office, turn on the TV, read a 
magazine or newspaper, Install a lease line, etc.      

ISPs that provides better quality of service will attract content providers and content consumers that want more from 
the net.  As consumers become aware of the differences in service, low performance ISPs will decline in popularity for 
demanding consumers.  Try and find a customer that says they like to wait 30 seconds for a web page.  Several of the 
dialup nationwide systems are 30 second slow.  As customers of slow ISPs see faster response from higher quality of 
service ISPs they will switch or continue to wait.   As new solutions are made available to consumers like personal 
video conferencing, consumers will tend to higher performance ISPs.  

Even if a carrier delivers ever packet they receive to the Gigaswitch at an exchange point the customer doesn't care 
where the packet was lost.  The increase in private crossconnects sends a message to the exchange points,  while giving 
the exchange point some breathing room. 

In summation packet loose is here to stay.  The amount will be determined by the free market system.  

P.S.  If someone can prove they have better access than what I am buying now I'll plan on switching. AS7201



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