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10-15-12, 10:40 AM
http://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/server-closet.jpg Why I use business class Internet‚??a pic of my home server closet.
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Compared to other advanced countries, high-speed Internet access in the US is in notoriously (http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2011/05/us-still-hasnt-gotten-its-act-together-on-broadband-deployment/) sorry (http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/06/south-carolina-passes-bill-against-municipal-broadband/) shape (http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/07/tokyo-seoul-and-paris-get-faster-cheaper-broadband-than-us-cities/), with high bills and low customer satisfaction. Even as commercials exhort customers to download music and stream movies, most ISPs are implementing¬*data caps (http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/04/why-we-should-worry-about-the-decline-of-the-unmetered-internet/).¬*Netflix and other movie-on-demand services are among the most popular online destinations, accounting for almost 30 percent (http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2011/05/netflix-now-owns-almost-30-percent-of-north-american-fixed-internet-traffic/)¬*of peak-time Internet traffic in North America, but using Netflix every night can bump a customer right up against their ISP's download cap.

Hosting your own game (http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2012/09/blocks-with-friends-how-to-run-your-own-minecraft-server/) or Web (http://arstechnica.com/business/2011/11/a-faster-web-server-ripping-out-apache-for-nginx/) server can also run afoul of ISP restrictions, either because ISPs block the ports you want to use or because running servers on a home connection violates the ISP's terms of service.

And computers and portable devices with ridiculous amounts of storage and processing power mean that everyone is¬*creating (http://arstechnica.com/business/2011/09/information-explosion-how-rapidly-expanding-storage-spurs-innovation/)¬*content to share, but tiny upload pipes make that sharing unreasonably difficult.

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