Re: user pays and bans on CUSM in Australia

Scott Brim (
Wed, 30 Nov 1994 13:53:59 -0500

Speaking personally, I'm glad to comment. It is vitally important that
the Internet be placed on a clear economic basis -- right now it's
economic base is, well, confused, throughout a lot of the world. I
think it's great that AARNET constituents have an agreed-on financial
plan which makes it very clear to the end users just how much it costs.
Whether it should be usage-based is another question, but if you all
agree then there is nothing wrong with the method you describe.


>Date: Wed, 30 Nov 1994 10:30:50 -0500
>From: (Geoff Rehn)
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>Subject: user pays and bans on CUSM in Australia
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>Over here in Australia, institutions such as universities and some research
>establishments are connected to the Internet via AARNet, the Australian
>Academic Research Network. Each university has contributed to the cost of
>maintaining AARNet essentially on the basis of student population - not
>that students as a rule have ready access to all or even any network
>As from January 1995, it will be a case of user pays, at least for overseas
>traffic, based on volume: 55cents Australian per megabyte. Now running CUSM
>at say at a CAP of say just 50kbps, this runs into roughly $100 per hour
>(and that's video only).
>For a variety of reasons, some institutions over here are proceeding to ban
>ALL use of CUSM, even intra-campus. Now, many of us have thin pipes
>connecting us to the Net: for example, my institution has currently only a
>128kbps connection which will be upgraded shortly. Thus, concern on
>excessive (and possibly irresponsible) usage is justified.
>I would hazard though that such outright bans might be over-reacting
a little.
>However, what concerns me is that there is some talk that such pressure is
>coming from beyond the institutions themselves and might be being brought
>to bear by providers of established proprietary videoconferencing systems
>or infrastructures, to whom CUSM is posing somewhat of a threat.
>Would anyone care to comment?
>Geoff R.
>Geoff Rehn
>Academic Services Unit
>Murdoch University Western Australia