[TriLUG] OT - TWC bandwidth caps - Earthlink
jonc at nc.rr.com
jonc at nc.rr.com
Fri Jun 6 12:37:56 EDT 2008
Earthlink users ride on TimeWarner cable to their facilities. That doesn't mean that Earthlink users go out the same internet gateways and routers - or that their inbound traffic goes through any of TimeWarners gateways. The major cost of Bandwidth is maintaining that high-bandwidth interconnect to the internet. Local on-net traffic is a thousands times cheaper.
The Cable is a data roadway. While TWC maintains that road and also sells services that use that road, other carriers also use those roads and sell their services along the way. If your services stay local to that road, the cost of delivery is very cheap.
FeatureTel is on-net with TWC and about 40% of our customers travel through TWC's infrastructure to get to our servers. The latency is low and the quality good, because none of the traffic to/from us has to pass through any of TWC's over-used internet gateways.
---- Alan Porter <porter at trilug.org> wrote:
> > But, if earthlink is on TWC's infrastructure, then Earthlink must be paying
> > TWC for their network right? so, wouldn't TWC charge earthlink more or quite
> > possibly some metered system like TWC will to its customers? thus causing
> > EL to hand the cost down to EL customers?
> What TWC charges consumers has nothing to do with what they charge
> Earthlink. I imagine they have an elaborate contract that details who
> pays who for what, and that won't change just because of a new pricing
> scheme for consumers.
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