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Apr 29 2009   4:46PM GMT

Regarding Bandwidth Caps

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

So here’s a common thing you guys would have seen over the past few years. ISPs enforcing bandwidth caps. This is becoming more and more prevalent in industry despite the fact that customers are requiring more and more data. Now I’m not referring to the speed (although that is an issue for some as well) so much as I’m referring to the amount of data.

For example a lot of ISPs limit their customers to X amount of gigabytes uploaded/downloaded per month. The thing is with today’s day and age, we are transferring so much data that these caps are so low and don’t match the data inflation rate we are seeing in industry. We live in a media rich world along with a push for more and more data replication for disaster recovery purposes. How in the heck are we supposed to keep up with these requirements if ISPs won’t remove their limits?

Realistically we have no way to force them to since they are the big companies that control it all and really don’t like listening to the little guy. What needs to happen is that these companies need to get with the times and start upgrading their networks to support the services that the world as a whole needs. Basically the ISPs need to get with the times and smarten up.

One such ISP called Cablevision has heeded customers requests and is offering a 101 Mbps service with unlimited data. They are able to accomplish this using the DOCSIS 3.0 standard. My hat is off to them for a job well done! The telcos better watch out because once cable companies across the world start implementing this, it will quickly replace the use of the current popular WAN links. DOCSIS 3.0 is fast and affordable and is here to stay!

-Raj

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