[LINK] WorldCom Charges Cause Panic
Thu, 05 Sep 2002 15:11:47 +1000
WorldCom has sent a message to web host customers
> to say that they will start charging for excess bandwidth as of October:
>Excess Bandwidth Charges Notification... We trust you have been enjoying
>your WorldCom webhosting service to date. A recent review of your service
>has revealed an oversight on our part in relation to the billing of your
>service. As you may be aware, the website you have purchased has a certain
>amount of bandwidth volume in megabytes (MB) included within the monthly
>charges you are currently paying. Please refer to the list below. When
>you exceed the allowance that applies to your website, the lower amount of
>either inbound data or outbound data transferred is meant to be charged at
>a fixed rate of ...
I have been a very happy WebCentral customer for years and I hadn't
realised I was a WorldCom customer. I was even prepared to pay when they
previously forgot to bill for a year's service.
When I checked the web statistics (as per WorldComs' instructions) I found
my company web site <http://www.tomw.net.au/> was serving an average of
19807.88 hits or 216143.52 Kilobytes, a week. This would cost about $30 a
week in excess fees, a considerable amount for a small one-person
consulting company, and I started to panic.
After having lunch and calming down, I decided to read the WorldCom
announcement again. It says: "When you exceed the allowance that applies to
your website, the lower amount of either inbound data or outbound data
transferred is meant to be charged at a fixed rate ...". As there would be
very little incoming data, compared to web pages served, this shouldn't
result in an excess charge. A recorded message on the WorldCom enquiry line
says they are sending out a clarification which should hopefully remove the
ps: While panicking I checked who was currently reading my web site and
found 27 active sessions. However, 21 of these were Google crawlers
(crawl1.googlebot.com, crawl2.googlebot.com ... ) indexing the site, which
seems a bit excessive.
pps: A few minutes later I checked again and there are now 53 active
sessions, most of which are Google crawlers. Is this normal?
Tom Worthington FACS firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: 0419 496150
Director, Tomw Communications Pty Ltd ABN: 17 088 714 309
http://www.tomw.net.au PO Box 13, Belconnen ACT 2617
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