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[ NNSquad ] Re: Effects of bandwidth restrictions (from IP)

This is starting to get really silly.  We're looking at about 40 MBs for
Windows update per month which is 1000 smaller than Time Warner's 40GB cap. 

  [ Don't fail to account (no pun intended) for the psychological
    aspects of caps.  In many areas of life -- not just
    technology-related ones -- it's long been recognized that people
    do not necessarily react to perceived limits in completely
    logical ways.  It is not at all unreasonable to postulate that
    many persons will cut back on what they consider to be
    "expendable" downloads (e.g. routine OS and application updates)
    rather than reduce their movie downloading.  This is likely to
    be true even when the combination of both wouldn't actually
    exceed the cap.  All manner of unanticipated consequences likely
    lurk with bandwidth caps being imposed on previously "unmetered"

      -- Lauren Weinstein
         NNSquad Moderator ]

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Lauren Weinstein
Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2008 3:16 PM
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Subject: [ NNSquad ] Effects of bandwidth restrictions (from IP)

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From: David Farber <dave@farber.net>
To: "ip" <ip@v2.listbox.com>
Subject: [IP] bandwidth restrictions redux
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2008 17:57:12 -0400

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From: DV Henkel-Wallace <gumby@henkel-wallace.org>
Date: October 29, 2008 4:17:07 PM EDT
To: David Farber <dave@farber.net>
Subject: bandwidth restrictions redux

Since bandwidth restrictions have started coming into place I have  
seen comments from people on the net saying that they cannot or will  
not download software updates because of their provider's bandwidth  
cap.  Not from people complaining politically but just ordinary users  
(e.g. see various comments on the macintouch site).  I presume this  
will increase the chance of security patches not being downloaded.

Since it's an ill wind that blows no good I guess I've also seen the  
upside: people complaining about heavy web pages and the use of  
flash.  Really, if bandwidth caps eliminate flash, can we really  

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