[nycbug-talk] Cogent and Sprint - a signal of things getting Oldschool?

Alex Pilosov alex at pilosoft.com
Sat Nov 1 21:23:05 EDT 2008

On Sat, 1 Nov 2008, Isaac Levy wrote:

> But this opens the door to another problem I've been talking to ISP's
> about (as a colo customer),
> If we have a world where 30mb/s down is becoming the norm for end users,
> why is bandwidth at the datacenter still so expensive?!  I'm not
> comparing a DSL/Cable line to a solid pipe at a datacenter, but I am
> saying that people's expectations and uses of the internet are
> changing...
Yet you are doing just that. The 30mb/s bandwidth to end user is not 
expected to be used 24x7 - it is unlimited (for now) but not dedicated. 

Your colo bandwidth *is* expected to be used 24x7 - in fact, you most
likely pay based on 95th percentile, which results in paying only for what
you use.

> Alex, is that the free market excellence you were speaking of? (I'm not
> trying to be rude- just playful- I know we all want faster/
> better/ceaper networks!)
Yes, just what I said - you don't pay enough for people to care. Free
market at work. Customers demand better and bigger things, but not
interested in understanding economic realities, nor interested in paying
more - instead I hear "cheaper", "government should mandate this". Guess
what, someone's gonna have to pay for these upgrades - and it'll be you or
your children in taxes, if you have it your way.


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