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August 19, 2012


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Calling it "sending party pays" is not the right view, because on the internet, there is no real division between "sending" and "receiving." if I am uploading a photo, you would call me the sender, but if the photo sharing site is paying, that's what I would call toll free data.

In fact, the actual way this would be done is "server pays" which means the party who initiates the connection is the one paying, even if it means that the initiator is mostly the receiver of data.

Now I personally feel that this is a horrible idea, because it slows down the deployment of the way the internet is meant to work, which is "both parties pay for their connection to the middle point." I even argue, and many agree, that if you are not paying this way it is not the internet, it is one of the older network architectures that the internet rightly defeated, brought back to life and stuck on the side of the internet. It looks good at first, very seductive -- it has seduced you -- but in the end kills innovation because it requires that all apps have a financial justification before you can try them out.

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