I have not had the guts to do what Marlon does. But that doesn't mean there isn't merit in his method. Part of the reason is we put in place technology that allows the use of available bandwdith with limited impact to other users, therefore taking away some of the need to charge for it, if it was jsut going unused any way. in otherwords Bandwdith allocated on a fair weighted queuing priority basis.

The advatnage of Marlon's model, is he has the data to pick and chose customers. The high bandwdith hogs gets given to the competition or pay. The second a network starts reaching capacity and the market penetration doesn't, it becomes feasible to be happy not keeping all customers, instead you pick the most profitable customers. The facts are the the network supports it or it doesn't, the provider can afford to upgrade or they can't. What I'm learning is, selling 10mbps peak speeds allows you to play the Comcast game, and beat them at it.

I'm selling unlimited now, but its important to track the usage. That might have to change, as people start using the links to replace their VCRs. The reality is, eventuality one will have to port limit or charge per bit. I'm jsut avoiding that day until it has to happen, so I don't lose customers for the greater good, unless I have to.

Tom DeReggi
RapidDSL & Wireless, Inc
IntAirNet- Fixed Wireless Broadband


----- Original Message ----- From: "David E. Smith" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: "WISPA General List" <wireless@wispa.org>
Sent: Friday, December 22, 2006 4:42 PM
Subject: Re: [WISPA] bits per mbps


Marlon K. Schafer (509) 982-2181 wrote:

First, I have to figure out how many kbps a gig of download would be.
Specifically, I've got a couple of customers doing 50 gigs per month.
How many kbps does it take to generate that?

Assuming a month is 30 days (nice round number), 50GB/month is about
161kbps, all the time. That's the equivalent of, say, leaving a
high-quality streaming radio station running, or a low-quality video
feed like gbs.tv.

I'm staying out of the rest of the discussion, because I'm violently
allergic to pay-by-the-bit pricing. It may make good sense to the
bookkeeper, but with streaming media (YouTube, Google Video), big
downloadable media (iTunes movies, Amazon Unbox), and giant software
downloads (World of Warcraft and just about every other MMORPG) becoming
more prevalent, I think it's just gonna seriously annoy your users in
the long term.

David Smith
MVN.net
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