Re: Move to charges based on contention instead of mb/s
The post assumes that plans should include unlimited data. Since very shortly after ADSL was introduced to Australia plans have had quotas. This has been very effective in ensuring reasonable network performance.
The same mistake of ignoring quotas is made in the article. For reference, NBNCo documentation makes it clear that from day 1 NBNCo expected budget RSPs to run with contention ratio of 1:100.
> We don't know what provisioning rules are common among NBN retailers, but if a user paying for a 100 Mbps download plan is routinely choked to 20 Mbps because of CVC contention, a 5:1 ratio (that is, the RSP buys 100 Mbps worth of capacity for every five 100 Mbps customers) looks reasonable.