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Not enough bandwidth for video

If we stream as much video over the internet as we watch TV, ISPs are soon going to run out of bandwidth, according to Business Week.

From roughly guestimated numbers, it costs US ISPs around $1 wholesale to supply each customer with an average of 2GB of bandwidth a month – for which it charges around $25 to $47 per month (to cover sales, support, maintenance and other costs).

To stream eight hours of telly a day, however, the cost to the ISP would go up to $112 a month. Video over the internet may be the future, but something's going to have to change if those numbers are anywhere near right.

[via Digg]

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