Re: user pays and bans on CUSM in Australia

Sean Foderaro (EST)
Wed, 30 Nov 1994 14:38:46 -0500

>> Whether it should be usage-based is another question, but if you all
>> agree then there is nothing wrong with the method you describe.

I don't like per-byte charges. On the internet if a byte is
transfered through a gateway it is not clear who benefits from the
transfer: the sender or receiver. So who should be charged? If they
simply charge for all bytes transfered then I'd imagine that all
software would disappear from the ftp servers (who wants to pay to
give out free software)?
A more rational charging mechanism is to charge a fixed monthly rate for a
certain speed access to the net. The network vendors then oversell
the bandwidth (assuming that everyone won't need their bandwidth at
the same time (i.e. not everyone is running CuSeeme)). As a result of
the overselling, network vendors can afford to buy expensive high
speed connections to other network vendors.