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Report: Do data caps punish the wrong users? A bandwidth usage reality check

Our new report entitled Do data caps punish the wrong users? A bandwidth usage reality check is finally out. It’s been a long time coming, in part because of more complex data analysis than what we originally expected. This is a data driven report in which we analyse real time DSL network usage statistics from a partner ISP on a user by user basis to try and identify which users are the most disruptive, how they can be identified and if commonly used methods of traffic flow management (and data caps in particular) are fair and effective.

This is a must read for:

  • Regulators and policy makers looking at assessing traffic management measures implemented by ISPs,
  • ISPs considering various means to alleviate congestion in their networks
  • Consumer protection associations looking to understand the price impacts of data caps
Do data caps punish the wrong users? A bandwidth usage reality check (804.29 KB)

An analysis of real-time usage data on a user per user basis to determine who the disruptive users are (if any) and if current methods to target them with pricing mechanisms are fair or efficient. (13 pages)

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9 Reader Comments to Report: Do data caps punish the wrong users? A bandwidth usage reality check

[...] original and authentic Fiberevolutionary, Benoit Felten has published an analysis par excellence that every scale of ISP, from incumbent to local start-up should download now,then absorb the [...]

2011-11-30 02:46:54 | Fibrestream - Bandwidth Cap Analysis

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[...] A new study out by Diffraction Analysis – and they’re charging €750 for it – so I haven’t read it, only this executive summary  – argues that congestion actually isn’t correlated to high-traffic users. [...]

[...] results they’ve come out with are quite interesting. Their report, “Do data caps punish the wrong users? A bandwidth usage reality check“ is available for purchase on the Diffraction site, but the study author has also provided [...]

[...] reporters say that a new study by consultancy Diffraction Analysis using actual ISP user data has found that bandwidth caps [...]

[...] reporters say that a new study by consultancy Diffraction Analysis using actual ISP user data has found that bandwidth caps [...]

[...] de analyse van de gegevens bleek dat 1 procent van de gebruikers goed was voor 20 procent van de gebruikte [...]

Great read. Worth the purchase, thanks!

2011-12-08 17:22:48 | Geo

Of course they do! In 2006, Cable companies knew the average household would need a minimum of 300 GB of bandwidth per month, yet their first attempt at caps was only 50GB, only after the public screamed did they make it 250GB, still well below what they KNEW we the people would need each month. This is also why the #1 consideration when buying a home SHALL be Fiber To The Home (FTTH). This way your plan becomes your defacto standard, if you purchase 10Mb/10Mb you get that entire 10MB upstream, un-impeded, no throttling is required. If you need more you purchase 15Mb/15Mb, 20Mb/20Mb...1Gb/1Gb...? The point is that the pipe is FTTH and there is simply NO business reason to restrict, limit, throttle either upstream or downstream. Unlike Cable where you pay for 20Mb/4Mb and are actively throttled to below 101Kb/40Kb, sometimes as low as 20Kb/0Kb...yeah you read that right, I see my upstream bandwidth vary from 0Kb - 20Kb thanks to DD-WRT software on my firewall/router. Don't surf without it! Telling is that its 2012 and there are still less than 26 communities in the USA with FTTH, no upstream throttling, synchronous, bi-directional un-impeded bandwidth. Here is a friend's map if you want to know where to move to, to get FTTH and freedom in the USA: http://is.gd/HCi80q Most of us are betting that those few communities will recover economically (creating more than minimum wage jobs) than all other towns, cities, communities in the USA. Hey if the 1% (wall street/banks) stole your home, why not start over in a place where there is more likely to be opportunity!

2012-01-01 21:37:56 | lmapper