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It could be worse: data caps around the world. Here at Ars we spend a lot of time writing about data caps—those ceilings on how much broadband data you can use before your ISP taps you on the shoulder and tells you it's time to pay more.

It could be worse: data caps around the world

Depending on where you live, these can range from "inconvenient" to "ruinous. " For instance, consider the Middle East's Kingdom of Bahrain. Wireline Costs and Caps: A Few Facts. Bandwidth costs in the U.S. are between 2% and 5% of what we pay for broadband, a very minor part of the cost.

Wireline Costs and Caps: A Few Facts

So when the Washington Post suggested "It's expensive to run a broadband network," as a legitimate reason to block Netflix and other video I thought to revisit the actual numbers. Broadband is an extraordinarily profitable service. Dailymotion chiffres clés Monde et France (Mars/Avril 2009) Amazon Enters OTT Video Subscription Business, Takes on Netflix, Hulu. Amazon just became a major player in the OTT video subscription business.

Amazon Enters OTT Video Subscription Business, Takes on Netflix, Hulu

Today they announced their Amazon Prime members can now access over 5,000 movie and TV titles on their Amazon Instant Video service, at no additional charge. With the move, Amazon takes on companies like Netflix and Hulu, both of which also offer subscription OTT video services. “Millions of Amazon Prime members already enjoy the convenience of free Two-Day Shipping,” said Robbie Schwietzer, vice president of Amazon Prime. Eric Besson, la neutralité du Net et les autoroutes de l'information. Dailymotion’s traffic surges – not being YouTube can be an advantage. Remember Dailymotion?

Dailymotion’s traffic surges – not being YouTube can be an advantage

No? You remember! Auひかりにおける大量データ送信制限の開始について | auひかり(auの光ファイバーサービス) Average Web Page Size Quintuples Since 2003 - web page statistics and survey trends for page size and web objects. Summary: Within the last five years, the size of the average web page has more than tripled, and the number of external objects has more than doubled.

Average Web Page Size Quintuples Since 2003 - web page statistics and survey trends for page size and web objects

The data appears to suggest that the more popular a web page, the smaller the total file size. The size of the average web page of the top 1000 websites has more than tripled since 2008 (our last update in May 2011 found it had more than septupled since 2003). In the past five years from 2008 to late 2012 the average web page grew from 312K to 1114K (see Figure 1), over 3.5 times larger (Domenech et al. 2007, Flinn & Betcher 2008, Charzinsk 2010, Souders 2012).