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Re: Two Tiered Internet

  • From: Marshall Eubanks
  • Date: Wed Dec 14 09:07:04 2005

To me, this seems likely to lead to massive consumer dissatisfaction, and a disaster of the
magnitude of the recent Sony CD root exploit fiasco.

Typical Pareto distribution models for usage mean that no matter
how popular "tier 1" sites are, a substantial part of the user time will be spent on degraded "tier 2" sites.

If these don't work, people will complain. Just imagine for a second that cable providers started
a service that meant that every channel not owned by, say, Disney, had a bad picture and sound. Would this
be good for the cable companies ? Would their customers be happy ?

Of course, based on some recent experience this probably means that this will be adopted enthusiastically.

Marshall Eubanks

On Dec 14, 2005, at 7:05 AM, Per Heldal wrote:

On Tue, 13 Dec 2005 19:12:31 -0800, "Joe McGuckin" <> said:

What good is 6Mbit DSL from my ISP (say, SBC for example) if only a small
portion of the net (sites that pay for non-degraded access) loads at a
reasonable speed and everything else sucks?

All providers in your market would have to agree to do the same thing.
Capped services only work for monopoly providers.

  Per Heldal

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