Why do some ISP's have bandwidth quotas?

>> No, its that they've run the numbers and found the users above 12G/month
>> are using a significant fraction of their network capacity for whatever
>> values of signficant and fraction you define.
> Of course, that's obvious. The point here is that if your business is so
> fragile that you can only deliver each broadband customer a dialup modem's
> worth of bandwidth, something's wrong with your business.

If your business model states that you will not charge clients for
something when they have no problem paying for it in order to make the
service better for them, then there is something wrong with your
business model.

Note that no one said "can't" deliver the service. You want unlimited
bandwidth, either pay for it, or go to one of the bigger guys who will
give it to you. Good luck when you want any sort of technical support...

Actually, I wasn't talking about "unlimited" bandwidth. I was talking
more about quotas that are so incredibly small as to be stifling to new
offerings. There are USB pen drives that hold more than 12GB.

I'm really expecting InterneTiVo to become a big thing at some point in
the not-too-distant future, probably nearly as soon as there's some
broadband deployment capable of dealing with the implications, and an
Akamai-like system to deliver the content on-net where possible.

However, it is equally possible that there'll be some newfangled killer
app that comes along. At some point, this will present a problem. All
the self-justification in the world will not matter when the customers
want to be able to do something that uses up a little more bandwidth.

... JG

The next newfangled app came along - its P2P. Australian ISPS have already
responded by throttling back P2P.