Internic address allocation policy

Eric Germann writes:

The barrier to entry for that poor person is significantly higher, in the
real world, for the poor person. Net access may be had for $20/month. But
the hardware is a significant barrier for the poor person.

Used PCs capable of providing net access are very cheap these days --
$100 will get you a not entirely unreasonable setup for many purposes.


Even cheeper. Used VTs are excellent for this sort of purpose, etc.

However, there has been a dramatic decrease in the number of providers
offering shell or text-based Internet access. The biggest problem I see
to the situation is when users _and_ providers believe they need
high-powered computers to access 'the net'.