October 13, 2011
Niles Nerd

10 Ways ISPs are Finding Bandwidth Hogs

[thanks to one of our readers, Christine K., for sharing this with us]

“Describing a bandwidth hog is a matter of point-of-view and here is more to it than simple computations of amounts of usage. If someone uses a lot of bandwidth, but does so in off-peak hours, is that person any more of a hog than another user who uses less bandwidth but does so during peak usage hours? ISP’s are making big noises about bandwidth hogs, but some feel that is just a cover for raising rates.
Price increases are seemingly inevitable, and, of course, it will be the consumer who bears the brunt of any price increase. Below are some of the debate points, along with a few ideas on more equitable distribution of costs.”
This post focuses on United States Internet Service Providers, but is a great post regardless. You can read more here.

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