Dinesh A. Joshi wrote:
regarding the cost of broadband in India, isn't there another
dimension to it, i.e. the amount of traffic that goes from one country
to another, that determines this cost? I had read about this somewhere
(also in one of the manifestos Venky had posted) that the amount of
There are charges sure. At the highest level the ISPs are charged as per
the interconnect's speed. For example, Bharti wants to connect to, say,
ISP1 in the US. ISP1 will charge Bharti on the basis of the speed at
which they interconnect - 100Mbps, 1Gbps etc... This is irrespective of
the amount of data that flows in or out of the pipe. Its just the width
of the pipe.
Measuring the volume of traffic would be against Net Neutrality because
you'd be charging on the basis of how much data is transferred.
Nopes, I think you are wrong. I worked on such a situation once. You do
not pay for the pipe, you pay the data flowing through the pipe, with a
minimum charge even for not having data. These are called Termination
Charges or Interconnect charges. There is even a govt body that was
trying to get Indian ISP to internconnect here to avoid paying higher
charges to western telecom comapnies for internet.
Net neutrality on the other hand refers to preventing discrimination
between data coming from 2 alternate sources, not teh quantum of data.
It has nothing to do with volume.