I believe the plan is to charge international transfers at 70c a megabyte
(although I haven't been keeping up with aus.net.aarnet lately so this may
It's of particular concern to ProgSoc -- getting charged for transfers
to ftoomsh is something we could really do without.
> Today, at Academic Board, the Deputy Vice Chancellor said that he knew of
> no plans to charge students for their internet access. He did not,
> however, rule it out as an option. For student who must necessarily use
> the Internet, this would be another charge we'd have to cough up for.
> He also mentioned that the University most likely crack down on
> "non-academic" use of the Internet. To be exact, students found using
> Internet for non-coursework related things (such as reading this letter,
> for example) will be CHARGED WITH ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT (*really* heavy shit).
I think all we agree this is a pretty dumb idea for an educational
institiution. I personally learn more by reading and playing around
with things on the net than I did from the entirety of first year
computing science. In fact, than I did in all of first year plus
all the SoCS ITU subjects.
> A Working Party has been set up to deal with the issue of charging for
> Internet access. There are NO students at all on this working party. This
> is a Really Bad Thing. This is bad because no-one is there to represent
> your interests (ie - no charges to students for Internet, and allowing
> non-course-related things to happen).
We (ProgSoc) should probably try and make and official like representation
to this. I've drafted something and will put it to the executive ...