Subject: FSBs and commercial use of The Net
From: webb@TSAVO.HKS.COM (Peter Webb)
Date: Fri, 12 Feb 1993 16:30:33 -0500


I think that all commercial use of the gov't sponsored networks is strictly
forbidden. However, because the definition of "commercial" is difficult to nail
down, and the volume of offending traffic is generally low, or percieved to
be low, some commercial activity is allowed (or at least not punished).  Much
of the network culture exists because of the sufferance of gov't sponsored
agencies and is - that's one reason people make such a fuss about keeping
the volume of commercial traffic low.  If the sponsoring agencies found that
their work was being severely impeded by traffic they were providing bandwidth
to out of good will, that store of good will would dry up very quickly (and
the use of the bandwidth would be restricted).

				Peter.