reply to Skippy25
said by Skippy25:Speed is relative. I fled TWC's 15mbit/s (on paper) product in favor of 3mbit/s Verizon DSL because TWC's speeds dropped to 1.5mbit/s or less during peak hours. 3mbit/s 24/7 > 15mbit/s at 4am, IMHO anyway.
1.) You make the assumption that you have a competing service to flee too. Most have cable and phone, though they dont really compete being DSL speed is nowhere near that of cable (for the most part).
said by Skippy25:Then you have nothing to worry about from the caps/overage, do you?
2.) I agree with your statement about utilization, but point being rarely are you running at full line speed for an extended period of time.
said by Skippy25:Even with eight bonded downstream channels you've still only got a bandwidth pool of about 330mbit/s (less with overhead) to draw upon. With your hypothetical example of 50mbit/s connections it would only take six users to effectively consume all of the available bandwidth.
you would not notice unless that node had several "hogs" all eating from troughs at the same time. But as pointed out, they (you know the ones these caps are meant to capture) are such a small % of user's surely that would not be the case.
This is one of the reasons why I hate cable internet products; the performance is so variable and entirely outside of your control. When I lived in a neighborhood populated by old retirees I actually got the speeds I was paying for most of the time. When I had the misfortune of winding up on the same node as a bunch of college brats I was lucky to get T-1 speeds during normal waking hours.
said by Skippy25:I've repeatedly said that caps are not the best solution, they are just the simplest to explain to end users. As far as "they keep paying", good! That's money that can go towards network upgrades.
3.) How do these caps protect against high utilization anyway? The caps are monthly so they are free to eat away as much and as fast as they want until a.) They reach their limit or b.) they keep paying to keep hogging away.