rayonline:SauronJones:k1wi:rayonline:Isn't that what the whole point of bigtime was (from a network usage pont of view)? Reduce the peaktime load and shift it to the offpeak load? It wouldn't be too hard to qualify the plan with 'best effort speed' during off peak times.
My fear of peak and offpeak is that you get the heavy downloaders who set their download managers and their p2ps up while they get their beauty sleep.
Agreed, and people setting download managers and torrent clients on a schedule to use this bandwidth seems an ideal situation. Frees up peak bandwidth for other users; and utilises off-peak bandwidth that is already paid for, but otherwise unused.
Would people overload the offpeak times? From what I read some people complain about offpeak service being too crummy.
The most likely reason you would hear people complaining about poor off-peak performance is probably with the likes of SlingShot who offer unlimited off-peak. By making off-peak completely unlimited everybody tries to "get their money's worth" and so it becomes congested.
In my opinion SlingShot had the right idea by differentiating between peak and off-peak, but dropped the ball by making off-peak completely unlimited. Instead of enrouaging customers to shift a reasonable amount to off-peak, this had the effect of giving users a free-for-all in off-peak
If I have any of this wrong, please feel free to correct me.
NOTE: I have no personal experience with SlingShot, I am basing this on what I have read about others experiences.