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Re: Why does Sprint have address filters again?
On Fri, May 29, 1998 at 04:55:49PM -0400, Doug Humphrey wrote: > > > > Charging reasonable costs (ie: the kind of fee that the Driver License > > bureau charges, ergo, $10 or so) for the first ASN is reasonable. > > The drivers license world defrays their fixed overhead costs > across millions of drivers a year who get renewals done - there > are not that many ASNs and other things done a day. Again, as > a businessman Karl, you should understand that already. The Federal Government has set up a corporation for "E-Rate" connections. These are the "libraries and schools" program you keep hearing about. To bid on these, you must have a SPIN, or service provider ID number. To get one of THOSE, you make one call to an 800 number, they assign the number, send you a packet of info, you fill it out, and send it back. That's it. I know this, because MCSNet has one of these things since we've had a bunch of schools and libraries call us requesting Erate quotes over the last couple of months. Total cost to the ISP to get a SPIN: $0.00 Now, let's look at the parallels: 1. Both are required to "do business" in a given sector (ie: announce routes, sell to the Erate customer base) 2. Both are simple *technical* providers (assignment of a number, with the important being that it is unique in both cases). 3. One is free to the ISP. 4. The other costs $500.00 > You are either charging a price to defray costs, or you are > changing a price to encourage/discourage behaviour. In the > two cases, the answers to "what is the correct price" are > radically different, so we need to decide what the goal is > before determining if the current price is good or bad. > > Doug What is going on here? ASNs didn't used to cost money until ARIN got its claws into them. -- -- Karl Denninger (karl@MCS.Net)| MCSNet - Serving Chicagoland and Wisconsin http://www.mcs.net/ | T1's from $600 monthly / All Lines K56Flex/DOV | NEW! Corporate ISDN Prices dropped by up to 50%! Voice: [+1 312 803-MCS1 x219]| EXCLUSIVE NEW FEATURE ON ALL PERSONAL ACCOUNTS Fax: [+1 312 803-4929] | *SPAMBLOCK* Technology now included at no cost