On Tue, Jun 16, 1998 at 07:28:59PM +0200, Norbert Bollow wrote:
> A) Those who use relatively little bandwidth, but profit greatly from
> the wealth of information available on the net.
> B) Those who use a lot of bandwidth but also contribute valuable
> information (in posts to mailing lists, web pages, etc. etc.)
> C) Those who use a lot of bandwidth but don't contribute to the value
> of the net as a whole.
I would suggest adding to this:
B') Those who use relatively little bandwidth but also contribute valuable
I live -- mostly -- on the far end of a 28.8 PPP link. I *can't* use
a lot of bandwidth even if I want to. ;-) But I maintain half a dozen
FAQs, several websites for nonprofit organizations, run mailing lists,
hunt spammers, work on software projects, and do a lot of other things
(none of which I'm paid to do) that I hope make a meaningful contribution
to the 'net community. It's payback. (And it's fun. Mostly.)
I think a great many people fall into B', and I think that attempting
to meter Internet service by the packet will make it financially
impossible for them to make their contributions. Further, I think
the people in B' are largely responsible for most of the interesting
and useful things that happen on the 'net: very little of enduring
consequence comes from the corporate sector by comparison.