Sprint's route filters and Europe

David R. Conrad sez:

>> 3) if you charge, then poor organizations can't connect
>> to the Internet (so who's paying for their connectivity?)
>Specific case of the merit good argument.

Good argument? If an organization wants to connect to the Internet, it is
almost certain the address cost will be so far down in the noise as to be
undetectable. If address costs were a significant portion of the total
costs, there is always NAT/ALG.

  I am sure that there are enough mature technology solutions
  to ensure that "poor" organisations can still use the
  Internet effectively. The bottom line is that addresses **are**
  a scarce resource. The APNIC has been encouraging ISPs in
  the region to do sub-C allocations and that will reap its
  own benefits despite the fact that there is an overhead
  in maintenance.

  There is also a substantial amount of user education that is
  required in this part of the world to convey the fact that
  it is not **necessary** that all the hosts in your organisation
  be on the Internet. (I wouldn't see this statement as out of context
  here, since the discussion is all about charging, anyway ..:slight_smile: )
   In quite a few ways, the AP region is distinct in its approach to the Internet.

  BTW, cld I ask if the GISD document is available in any complete
  form ?


--Gopi Garge

gopi@ece.iisc.ernet.in (Gopi K Garge) writes:

  > BTW, cld I ask if the GISD document is available in any complete
  > form ?

The framework is there. There was little impetus by anyone to contribute
to it afterwards. The sentiment I got from many people was 'Why publish
a handbook for the competition?'. Once that was established the project
had served its purpose.