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Re: [slightly offtopic] AN.ON will not be for free any more

On Sun, Feb 19, 2006 at 12:01:26PM +0100, Lexi Pimenidis wrote:

> The anonymity service known as AN.ON (or also JAP) will has to charge
> its users starting from the second half of 2006 because its funding has
> expired and bandwidth costs are too high to continue as a free service.

The basic service is still free, it's just throttled.
> Yet another reason not to build centralized anonymizing networks.

If everybody ran symmetrical broadband, and each client was also a server
even marginally competently designed decentralized anonymizing networks
would work out of the box.

However, today's assymetrical service upstreams range from 128-512 kBit,
and hence greatly profit from a few central nodes close to the backbones
with 100 MBit or better connection. Such servers are currently somewhat
pricey, so it makes sense to cover the costs by charging customers, at
least for premium access.

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