But here's an interesting thing, I think: A look back at my bandwidth prices paid over a three-year period shows that my top download speed is up considerably, but the price per day is down about 3.8 percent.
Table 1: What I Get, What I Pay for Charter Bandwidth
|Date||Downstream||Upstream||Price Per Month (After Tax)||Price Per Day||Price Per Megabit (Per Month)|
|Sep-03||1.5 Mbit/s||128 kbit/s||$62.91||$2.10||$41.94|
|Mar-04||2 Mbit/s||128 kbit/s||$41.23||$1.37||$20.61|
|Jul-04||3 Mbit/s||256 kbit/s||$41.23||$1.37||$13.74|
|Jan-05||3 Mbit/s||256 kbit/s||$52.05||$1.74||$17.35|
|Mar-06||3 Mbit/s||256 kbit/s||$32.46||$1.08||$10.82|
|Sep-06||10 Mbit/s||1 Mbit/s||$60.47||$2.02||$6.04|
|Mar-07*||10 Mbit/s||1 Mbit/s||$86.38||$2.88||$8.63|
|* Projected price based on the end of a 6-month promotion|
The price per megabit of available bandwidth has fallen by about 80 percent in just three years. I'm not complaining -- but how do service providers even hope to make money on bandwidth when prices are falling that fast?
— Phil Harvey, Cheap Bits Editor, Light Reading