Superhighways: Who pays?

  title={Superhighways: Who pays?},
  author={Richard Sietmann},
One of the great myths about the Internet is that it is somehow free. But it is not, and someone somewhere has to pay the bill for the world's computers talking to each other. And in Germany the scientific community – including research minister Paul Kruger – complains that it pays too much. "A two megabit per second computer link costs about ten times what it does in the US", complains Klaus Ullmann, a director of the DFN, the body that runs Germany's joint academic network. The high costs… CONTINUE READING