Business Insider : Dan Frommer

“Let’s face it, it’s inevitable: Your all-you-can-eat Internet plan is likely going to be history. And if you watch a lot of Netflix and Hulu online, your Internet bill is probably going to go up substantially,” said Dan Frommer, a writer for Business Insider.

“Just because online video is the future, doesn’t mean it’s going to be cheap.”

I think the above quote, taken from Dan’s article, pretty much wraps up what I outlined in my blog on whether or not the Internet is overloaded. If you are monitoring cloud services, because you are paying a premium for bandwidth, you could see a performance improvement due to people watching a bit less NetFlix and Hulu due to fears of a higher monthly Internet bill.

Netflix CEO, Reed Hastings, even said as much earlier this year in a section of Netflix’s Q4 investor update:

“An independent negative issue for Netflix and other Internet video providers would be a move by wired ISPs to shift consumers to pay-per-gigabyte models instead of the current unlimited-up-to-a-large-cap approach,” he said. “We hope this doesn’t happen, and will do what we can to promote the unlimited-up-to-a large-cap model.”
– Reed Hastings

“But it’s starting. AT&T, for instance, recently announced a 150 GB monthly cap for its ISP customers, significantly below Comcast’s 250 GB cap.”
– Dan Frommer

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Billing with NetFlow is one of the best strategies for service providers to keep track of end user network behavior. Excessive use beyond a threshold could lead to a higher monthly bill for some households. NetFlow billing could be a big part of this technology’s future.

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Michael is one of the Co-founders and the former product manager for Scrutinizer. He enjoys many outdoor winter sports and often takes videos when he is snowmobiling, ice fishing or sledding with his kids. Cold weather and lots of snow make the best winters as far as he is concerned. Prior to starting Somix and Plixer, Mike worked in technical support at Cabletron Systems, acquired his Novell CNE and then moved to the training department for a few years. While in training he finished his Masters in Computer Information Systems from Southern New Hampshire University and then left technical training to pursue a new skill set in Professional Services. In 1998 he left the 'Tron' to start Somix which later became Plixer.

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