RE: Crackdowns don't slow Internet piracy

Fergie (Paul Ferguson) wrote:
"The popularity of file-sharing is costing the largest
Internet service providers $10 million per year each
in bandwidth and network maintenance costs, CacheLogic

Michel Py wrote:
$10 million a year for the largest ISPs is a drop in the
sea; _if_ the figure is accurate (sounds reasonable to me)
what's the point anyway? The largest ISPs serve directly
or indirectly millions of users that each pay $20/mo which
is $240/yr, 10 million bucks a year is nothing.

Patrick W Gilmore wrote:
I don't care if you are Microsoft, $10MM a year is a large
enough sum that the company should not spend it if the
company can avoid spending it. The hard part is the caveat.
If you block customers from sharing music on your network,
will you still have customers? If not, then maybe the
$10MM is COGS?

That's what I meant, thanks for rephrasing. $10M a year is definitely
something that any size company will try to save; I remember posting
here not that long ago that a $500k line card is definitely something I
do not buy without a good reason.

That being said, the speed that allows users to download faster large
(and pirated, mostly) files is the #1 selling argument for broadband
providers (look at their add campaigns). If you are a residential
broadband provider and if you block customers from sharing music on your
network, you will not have customers.


*Gasp* You mean ISPs are finding that their customers actually want to use
the service they're paying for? I'm shocked and appalled! Next thing you
know, someone will be saying that customers are actually signing up for
high speed Internet service specifically because they want to use it to
transfer things. How can we stop this travesty, as quickly as possible?

Folks spend all this time whining about the need for the "killer app" to
create more demand for the service, then when it finally comes along they
whine about how hard it is to support the service with people actually
using it. You can't have it both ways.