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Re: Pay-As-You-Use High-Speed Internet?
- From: Rob Nelson
- Date: Fri May 14 18:40:30 2004
At 06:19 PM 5/14/2004, Jonathan M. Slivko wrote:
Bill - I'm not saying dedicate a whole T1 to a single customer, i'm saying
share a T1 or T3 among many customers in a small geographic area, but let
each customer have fair use of the T1/T3.
BTW, we have been doing this for the last 6 years in a colo environment
and more recently a residential/corporate building with about 300 units
(50 of which are lit by us) with a single T1.
As far as the local loop cost being zero, I *know* that that is not
feasible, but what is feasible is to make a fixed cost aside from the
bandwidth of say $30-$50 per customer per month to cover the cost of
e-mail service, support, etc.
What's your cost on managing the bandwidth? You're basically creating
on-demand frame circuits, and balancing them is tricky (actually, deciding
on an oversubscription ratio is easy, dealing with the customers is the
tricky part!) on a low-margin basis. Of course, if you're a BofH or a sales
guy, I expect that to be less bothersome than if you're a techie who has to
actually talk to the customer when their neighbor takes up their bandwidth.
Sometimes I wish I could be a bit more slimey to make paying the bills less
Something I'd be more interested in for personal use would be protected the
usefulness of my site, as well as the cost of it, against a slashdotting.
If I get slashdotted on the first of the month, I essentially pay the same
as if my site gets slashdotted on the 30th. The difference is in 29 days of
downtime. And no, I don't have a solution to offer for that one, but that's
what always annoys me - to see a site get slashdotted at the beginning of
the month, knowing my attention span won't last until next month :)