On Friday, April 8, 2016 at 12:19:36 PM UTC-4, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
IDK about pirates, but various ISP may want to differentiate pricing
for commercial users who are hosting substantial websites from casual
home users. For a typical home user, 5mb up is plenty, while if you
had some heavy usage commercial thing you're trying to run out of your
house, it might not be.
On Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 11:43:51 AM UTC-4, Percival P. Cassidy wrote:
Does it make a big difference if that backup takes 30 secs or an hour?
Seems backups can be auto scheduled to run at 3AM. And even if it's
running in the background, PCs today have the HP to do that without
you even noticing.
You have almost 260 people per square KM in UK so one fiber will serve
a bunch of people. We are a tad more spread out here. We have 30 per
sq/km overall and some states are more like 2-5 people per sq/km in
some western states. They are not stringing 20 miles of fiber to serve
30 or 40 households.
Those are the 5% I imagine.
The US has not really put that much emphasis on getting fiber to the
home. The cable companies have no real incentive since coax meets the
needs of their primary business, TV and the telephone companies are
slow to expand "last mile" infrastructure when everyone is going
I think the biggest thing we could do to unleash this business would
be to unbundle content from data and create competition in the data
business. It probably would result in data being metered by the
gigabyte but I don't see a huge problem with that. If they are selling
data, they will be trying to get you to use more so faster would be
better for them.
Competition would control prices. Right now, virtually all "cable"
operates as a monopoly.
They did install lots of fiber for our town that services only about 30,000
people or less. It was not done by the cabe company,but a fiber optics
company. Seems there are lots of unused fiber cables all over the US that
was installed,but not used. The fiber companies are jumping on those lines
for internet and TV.
There is a rumor that they put fiber in front of my house 30 years ago
in the Sprint build out. but the new phone company says no. I think it
may have been destroyed or they just do not now it is there. Fifteen
years ago when I got a "locate" they flagged 3 telco cables and the
last time it was only 2. They obviously lost one and it may have been
On Fri, 8 Apr 2016 00:11:28 -0700 (PDT), Uncle Monster
It used to be all that way before the internet and they ran on leased
4 wire. That was very secure but expensive. I remember on the early
90s one company was leasing space on a TV cable, getting the
equivalent of a T1 line and the question was, "how secure was that"?
In those days it was pretty secure because the hardware to extract
that data was pretty rare but it was going to every set top box on
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