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Re: Fair Use Policy
From: Sean Harlow <sean () seanharlow info>
Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2012 22:58:34 -0400
On Aug 22, 2012, at 21:25, William Herrin wrote:
Works for the electric company, the gas company, the water company,
etc. Metering I mean, not a use cap. The notion of a cap is pretty
The difference is that gas, water, and electricity are all resources that have actual costs relevant to consumer and
SMB-level users. A fiber-optic line costs the same to operate regardless of if it is carrying no data or entirely
maxed out. Higher-capacity optics at each end of course cost money, but they're fixed cost items which are deployed
once and don't often need replacement during their useful life (especially given the growth rate of network traffic).
Longer runs obviously need repeaters capable of handling the data rates in use, but the same applies.
As far as I can tell, the actual cost of the bits being transferred is so minuscule as to be practically irrelevant for
anyone who's not at the scale to be dealing directly with Tier 1 carriers. Capacity costs money, but once it's there
utilization is nothing.
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