Re: CU-SeeMe Usenet Group

Borre Ludvigsen (borrel@hiof.no)
Tue, 2 May 1995 17:57:09 +0000


Much as we love it, CUsm is a bandwidth hog. Previous discussions of the
Usenet idea have confirmed that CUsm consumes significant portions of
trans-oceanic and trans-continental bandwidth.

The recent tremendous growth in commercial connections has not
contributed significantly to increased bandwidth. In fact, judging from
the dismal response rates between here and the US, the result has been
quite the opposite.

While some of the motivation for using CUsm may be the building of
pressure for more bandwidth, it is widely felt that the increased number
of people who would attempt to use CUsm as a result of discovering it on a
Usenet group, would also contribute to melting the net.

I don't feel that it would be to anyone's benefit that CUsm be brought
into disrepute because of unjudicious application to a net that can't, at
present, carry it.

The Cornell team has done a great job with CUsm so far, and made it free
into the bargain. As I understand it, their efforts are now going into
making CUsm even kinder to the net.

Surely it would be both prudent and respectful of their contribution to
the Internet, to allow them to decide when it might be appropriate to
unleash the next killer application through a Usenet group.

- Barre

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