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Then why is incoming traffic never a problem? I can download 30 GB of data in one day via bitorrent and ISP, apparently, wouldn't mind.
Your paying for the rate limits on uploads & downloads. Plus you are pacing your downloads from multiple seeds using torrent! You do know that the torrent pace can be controlled by setting up/down limits in the host or client.
Remember this will also depend on the ISP service media for cable, DSL or even fiber which will be cost controlled for your selected bandwidth.
Different network pace/loads than say 1000 hits to your web site at home at varied times. Thus your demands would be greater on the ISP for a uncontrolled/split download/upload. It would be cheaper to use a independent host service. No hassle!
While I haven't yet found a good link for this, I know for a fact that saturating your upload bandwidth often kills your download bandwidth. If you're on a cable connection, then your connection is shared by many people, so you'd be killing everyone else's download speed too.
No, in my experience, many providers who serve "the last mile" don't really want servers in their last-mile at all. Your server is at the end of the line with only one way in or out, and a gigantic funnel of traffic might be bouncing through it.
It becomes in-effect a "denial of service" generator, even though you didn't intend for it to be and have no malicious or disruptive intentions.
If you want to host a server, rent one at a hosting center which is strategically positioned on the Internet backbone and designed specifically for this purpose.