MAE-West is up again ( RA Contract Value )

  Please reread the solicitation again carfully.
  I am not aware of any language that indicates
  MAE-WEST, housed at NASA-AMES or MFS-SanJose
  was part of the agreement. These systems were
  put there out of the good graces of ISI and MERIT.
  No-one was paying for them or thier on-going operations.
  When folks wanted to peer, they were explicitly told
  these were not production machines. Something that
  the RA team did on the side, with spare cycles,
  BECAUSE it was/is important.

  Now, lets look a bit more into that high dollar
  award, shall we? Reread that soliciation again.
  No where does it state that the RA gets a free ride
  at any of the NAPS. We have to pay, just like everyone
  else. And we have two connections, where most everyone
  else has one. And who is the RA paying, with our award
  dollars? Your right! Its your local telco/NAP operator.
  Just as a datapoint, one of them had set inital pricing
  at $60,000.00 per MONTH per connection. They have been
  talked down from that number, but it still would eat
  that paltry 10M award in much less than 5 years.

The more intersesting question to me, would be one of
what is the cost per user of the RA, and is a NAP/MAE
with an RA a better serviec than one without. Two easy
models for paying for RA services at MAEs/NAPs, are for
the NAP/MAE operator pay for the RA service and fund that
from interconnect fees. The other way, would be for the
RA to collect fees from users, but then the RA would
have to do collections, etc, and do a risk assumption
which they aren't really in the position to do, like the
commerical NAP/MAE operators are.

I seem to remember this thing about wanting to move to
a commerical based net from a government funded one.

Of course having a RA service paid for by the users
(directly or indirectly), would quickly give people
some data points for the value of the service.

I don't have my numbers handy, but average pricing for
NAP/MAP varies between $5000-$10,000 for a >50mbps <200mbps
connection. (Having just completed this in the past
two days..)