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Networked Life by Mung Chiang

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12 How can I pay less for each GB?

12.1   A Short Answer

ISPs charging consumers on the basis of usage is just one corner of the overall landscape of Internet economics. We will pick consumers’ monthly bills to focus on in this chapter, but there are many other key questions.

•   The formation of the Internet is driven in part by economic considerations. Different ISPs form peering and transit relationships that are based on business and political decisions as much as on technical ones.

•   The invention, adoption, and failure of Internet technologies are driven by the economics of vendor competition and consumer adoption.

•   The investment of network infrastructure, from purchasing wireless licensed spectrum to deploying triple-play broadband ...

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