Aren’t Data Caps a P2P Regulator? — comments on “P2P Part 3 – Blog Maverick”

Mark Cuban is having some fun with P2P. He is suggesting that a solution to P2P “over-use” is to charge for upstream traffic. I thought Data Caps were for that purpose? Guess they’re not doing a good enough job.

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Nov 23rd 2007 11:34AM …. So I take it all back. DONT block P2P traffic. Just charge for upstream bandwidth usage like cellphone companies charge for minutes.

Both Shaw and Telus have Data Caps. Also, Telus charges $2 or $5 per month for each additional GB used over the Data Cap. Here is how BC Internet offerings look. The Data Cap ( or monthly data transfer limit) is substantially different in each price category. From this table I’m guessing that Shaw has the majority of BC’s P2P users.

Product Price download speed upload Speed per month data transfer limit Data Cap Penalty
High-Speed-Lite $22.00/month 256 Kbps 126 Kbps 10 GB NA
High-Speed $32.00/month 5 Mbps 512 Kbps 60 GB/month NA
Extreme-1 $42.00/month 10 Mbps 1 Mbps 100 GB/month NA
Nitro $93.00/month 25 Mbps 1 Mbps 150 GB/month NA
High-Speed-Lite $16.95/month 256 Kbps 128 Kbps 10 GB $5/add’l GB
High-Speed $31.95/month 1.5 Mbps 512 Kbps 30 GB/month $5/add’l GB
HS Enhanced $35.95/month 3 Mbps 640 kbps 30 GB/month $2 GB/month
HS Extreme $40.95/month 6 Mbps 1 Mbps 60 GB/month $2 GB/month

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