Re: Whither chargeback policies?

Dennis Perry (perry@MCL.UNISYS.COM)
Mon, 25 Apr 88 06:15:05 EDT

Vint, one of the reasons that DARPA is haveing problems with paying
for the Arpanet, is the charging mechanism which is in place. There
are many connections which would like to pay for their port
charge, but cannot because DARPA has no way currently to collect
the money. So we dismantle the infrastructure because of an
accounting problem. Usage charges are based on the flawed idea
that one can change behavior based upon how much it costs. All
it really does is inforce behavior based upon how much money you have.
Can you really say that someones research is more valuable because
they have lots of grant money to pay for communication charges?


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