Poland previews the future [cr-951226]


Richard Moore

Dear CR,

Don forwarded the following message, presumably in a spirit of solidarity
with Polish net users.

Please also consider that our more privileged position re: pricing is very
fragile.  Depending on how the telco/media executives decide to set
pricing, we could be in exactly the same position (and probably will be,

Thus our solidarity with Poland is not a matter of sympathy, but of direct
common interest.

I've edited the following for spelling and line breaks.


Date: Mon, 25 Dec 1995
Sender: Don Bass <•••@••.•••>
Subject: Polish internet problems (fwd)

        News of cyber-rights in Poland.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Wed, 20 Dec 1995
From: John R. Snyder <•••@••.•••>
To: Michael Chorost <•••@••.•••>, Don Bass <•••@••.•••>,
    Mike Byrnes <•••@••.•••>,
    Douglas Baker <•••@••.•••>,
    Douglas Cohen <•••@••.•••>, •••@••.•••
Subject: Polish internet problems

Date: Wed, 20 Dec 95
From: Marta Dubrzynska <•••@••.•••>
Subject: Polish internet

Dear Netpersonality,

This is a request for help on behalf of the Polish internet. We
have one single internet provider in Poland: NASK. NASK has
bacause of an agreement with the Polish Telecom a monopoly
on lines connecting Poland with the rest of the world.
University's schools and commercial internet providers have to
get their acces from NASK.

Prices of internet are high. A complete account with SLIP etc.
costs around 60 $ a month. Telephone costs are 3.7 $ per hour. If you
take into account that wages of around 350 $ per month are considered
normal it is clear why internet is not used by so many people in Poland.

And now NASK announced that too many people are using the
internet and that they need more money to keep the lines open.
They decided that from January they would raise the prices,
and that they would calculate costs per bytes sent or recieved.
Yes that's right, we have to pay for letters you send us and we
have to pay for WWW pages you download from us. This will mean
the end of most internet activity in Poland.

If you want to know the details you can find them at:

That's why we Marta Dubrzynska, Webmaster of the Centre for
Contemporary Art in Warsaw, (http://sunsite.icm.edu.pl/culture/csw/) and
Michiel van der Haagen, Net user (http://www.atm.com.pl/COM/michiel/) ask
your help.

Can you make it clear to our Government and NASK that this policy is
disasterous for Polish culture, economy and education? Please check out
these WWW adresses and react.


 Posted by Richard K. Moore (•••@••.•••) Wexford, Ireland
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