SHARING NEWS : BROADBAND FUTURE

i read this .. this week and posted it to my blog – but i thought id share it here, for people who dont read the ‘geek’ section of the newspapers…

Broadband users could start paying for uploads

By Andrew Colley and Mahesh Sharma
July 17, 2007 12:00am
Article from: The Australian

  • Consumers could be forced to pay for uploading
  • Changes will hit young people hardest
  • Optus first to launch new pricing scheme

BROADBAND consumers have always had to pay for their internet downloads, but they may soon have to pay for uploading as well.

Uploading pictures and videos onto social networking sites such as MySpace and YouTube had until last week been free for anyone with an internet service provider other than Telstra.

But last week Optus launched a new broadband product that counts upload amounts as well as downloads and includes them in the monthly total amount.

The telco has not ruled out expanding that pricing regime to other broadband packages.

Other providers are preparing to follow suit as the amount of data uploaded to the internet rises.

Younger users who share movies and pictures with friends would be hit hardest by the change.

Two leading ISPs have expressed sympathy with Optus’s changes.

Michael Malone, chief executive of Perth-based ISP iiNet, said there was no immediate plan to start counting uploads towards customer internet usage quotas. He was, however, sympathetic with the decision of Optus to dabble with the pricing model.

Mr Malone said six years ago the average iiNet user uploaded 1MB of content for every four that they downloaded. Now the ratio was starting to exceed four in every five, he said.

If the ratio started to exceed one-to-one, iiNet would have to reconsider its pricing model.

“If uploads continue to increase it could become a cost problem.

“If uploads exceed downloads we will be buying bandwidth based on uploads instead of downloads,” Mr Malone said.

Simon Hackett, managing director of Adelaide-based ISP Internode, also said he would have to reconsider the pricing model if the ratio began to exceed one-to-one.

“We haven’t got any intention of changing our upload pricing model at the moment,” Mr Hackett said. “That said, it’s not an industry in which predicting the future is particularly smart.”

Jumps in the use of peer-to-peer file sharing software and new web-based social networking sites that make it easier for consumers to share videos have already started to strain ISP budgets for international bandwidth.

The ABS reports that Australian internet users downloaded 40 trillion megabytes in the three months to March 31 compared with 33 trillion megabytes in the previous quarter.

Shara Evans, chief executive of telecommunications analyst Market Clarity, said it made sense for ISPs to start charging for uploads to cover the cost of running their networks.

“The paradigm has changed. Internet usage is no longer just in the download direction,” Ms Evans said.

Until now, Telstra has been the only major internet provider in Australia to count uploads towards its customers’ monthly usage quotas, earning it a reputation among rivals as the industry miser.

“I noticed there was a fairly big difference in my personal usage going from a plan that counted uploads to one that didn’t count uploads,” Mr Rowlandson said.


My 2cents :

There is such a need for educating everyday household (and especially kids/teens – who are not actually forking out the money) on a sensible usage of the internet. Our community worldwide is severely lacking education..not to mention general RESPECT.. of the internet..and of what we buy, consume, etc… Its not just natural resources that we using without care…

- This also will effect greatly when we UPLOAD our images..or how much stuff we upload…

sourced : News.com.au

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