A couple years back, I can recall multi-year options for bandwidth were available for a lower monthly cost.
Recently I was told that I gain no benefit from seeking out 2 year options with Level 3, since it would still be the same cost.
And, since the price on bandwidth is dropping steadily over time.
I would like to just get a general idea.
Of what everyone thinks bandwidth will be in a years time.
Is it possible to see companies offering a full gig at .50/MB in the next couple years?
Or that just won't happen due to operating costs.
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To OP: bandwidth pricing will always drop, worldwide, over time. The cost of maintaining physical links will probably never go lower but getting more bandwidth through the links is what will push costs lower.
10gig for $5,000 sounds very probable on a mass scale in the USA within a few years if not sooner.
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You can get 1Gbps for $500 now in a specific location with a specific provider... doesn't mean it's a great deal. I wasn't interested.
As Chris said, check up on the acquisitions that have been happening...
I donít consider myself an expert... but I see there being a divide between bottom of the barrel providers and quality providers. If you want to build a network of bottom of the barrel providers for $1 per Mbps or less its possible.
You want quality bandwidth... I donít see it going down in price.