The US Federal Communications Commission, already under concerted fire over its proposal that data networks should pay access charges to connect to local telephone networks – a move that would hit hobbyists hard, is certain to draw even more fire with a proposal that big companies that have set up their own leased line private networks should also pay access charges. US private networks are estimated to carry the equivalent of $1,000m of traffic annually, and charges could be as high as $5 an hour per user.
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