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On Friday 13 April 2007 08:25, dan at uttered thusly:
> NSDI was just held in Cambridge[1].  One of the
> poster sessions involved some pretty convincing
> numbers which show that P2P (including VoIP)
> cannot much grow as long as asymmetric bandwidth
> allocation policies are in place at the ISPs,
> and that latency issues are especially potent
> deterrents.
> I don't use FIOS, but does it do asymmetric
> allocation (X upstream v. X/5 downstream)?

Yes, typically 2Mbit/s upstream, 5/15/...MBit/s downstream, depending on the 
level of service you have.

They seem to be rather stubborn on the 2Mbit upstream limitation. You do a 
bit better with business class service, I think. I do know of someone who 
managed to get a full symmetric T3 bandwidth through Fios, but he had to 
pull some strings at Verizon to do it.

Other than that limitation, having a 5/2 Mbit/s D/U rate for just $35 per 
month doesn't suck. And having had Fios for about a year now, I've not had a 
single problem with it -- been up to speed and rock-solid reliable, which is 
far more I can say for any other service I've ever had. And I've been 
through them all -- DSL, Cable Modem, ISDN, Frame Relay. The only thing I 
have not tried is satellite, but that's very slow and very expensive.

--Fred Mitchell, 603-557-5986
  Planetary Server
  Global Technology for a Global Reach

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