My $0.0002(US) worth - we need to begin educating our customers and
implementing fair access policies to enforce them and then we need to
content label our services so that our customers understand what they
are getting with each type of service. Peer to Peer on a pc loaded with
stolen music running on autopilot and unlimited data transfer for
$39.95/mo, is not a sustainable business model. Neither is singling out
suspected abusers and calling them or cutting off their service when
some unwritten and arbitrary limit or useage pattern is noticed.
The problem is that implementing these systems, is time consuming and
complicated. It is also not a default feature of most networks, to have
accounting per individual user. Nor is it a default design decision to
have an effective single point of rate limiting control that applies to
individual users. How many of you have individually rate limited 2.4ghz
subs at their cpe, for example? Not many I bet. How many of you have
subs directly plugged into a switch port? Probbly lots. Unfortunately,
to implement a realistic fap you need to have both elements I mentioned
- per user accounting, and per user traffic control - and you don't have
this unless you've built your network to provide it, and going back to
implement these things is disruptive and costly. Some may settle for
traffic control at the noc where their bridged subscriber traffic is
rate limited and throttled by a bandwidth arbitrator, but still it
doesn't stop high rate traffic (port scanning viruses, anyone?) from
getting into the network in the first place and doesn't provide nearly
as effective limits as having it at the cpe side.
ryan Spott wrote:
Man o Man, that was 2 years ago and he STILL P***ES and moans about it!
Due to this, I use a "play nice" policy. If I see some abnormal usage
(and I get paged by my MRTG system) I simply cut the user off for a bit
to break the bit-torrent session or I call the user. I tell them that
they are on a shared system and that if they don't play nice then they
can't play at all.
Now, I have little to no competent competition so if the end user really
wants to get mad then I let them out of their contract.
My $.00002(CAN) worth.
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