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Re: Non-profit IP Registry
From: "David R. Conrad" <davidc () apnic net>
Date: Fri, 03 Jan 1997 15:09:15 +0900


ISPs in Asia, the Pacific Rim, Europe, the Middle East, and Northern
Africa pay similar fees for allocation services from APNIC or RIPE-NCC
and most of these regions are growing faster than the US.  Further,
small businesses should *NOT* be obtaining addresses from a regional
registry directly -- they should be obtaining them from their provider.


      While I admit it is not completely clear reading the proposal
      outlined on the web page at http://rs.internic.net/arin, charging
      $2,500 for a /24 will *kill* the small business market, and the
      ISPs that exist to service that market.  Most of the associations
      and small businesses we deal with choke when thay have to pay $750
      for a router to handle their dedicated Internet connection.  Added
      to the fact that the LECs want to charge per minute charges for 
      POTS lines used for dedicated dial-up, a $2,500 IP address charge
      will guarantee that the small business portion of the market will
      disappear.  We all depend on the net for a living folks -- I don't
      think we should consider any proposal that would have a negative
      effect on our own industry.

      Dave Stoddard
      US Net Incorporated
      dgs () us net

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