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RE: [ga] Preliminary report on the NC June 25th meeting

Antony & Elisabeth,

Probably I am missing something here.
If the purpose of participation is to listen to the conference call,
webcasting is fit for purpose.
I participated in the 1999-06-25 teleconference by Webcast, and it was fine
(except for the inconvenient timeframe, but after few years of Internet my
internal clock is set to US time zones ;>) ).

Why look for some additional lines to the teleconf bridge, when the purpose
is not to have bilateral flow of information?


> ----------
> From: 	Elisabeth PORTENEUVE[SMTP:Elisabeth.PORTENEUVE@cetp.ipsl.fr]
> Sent: 	Sunday, 04 July 1999 1:20 PM
> To: 	avc@interport.net; council@dnso.org; ga@dnso.org; javier@aui.es
> Subject: 	RE: [ga] Preliminary report on the NC June 25th meeting
> Antony Van Couvering wrote:
> > 
> > Javier,
> > 
> > Thanks for this update.  Three questions:
> > 
> > 1. Is the reason for not allowing listeners on the NC teleconferences
> one of
> > cost?  If so, perhaps we could come up with sponsors.  Typically most of
> the
> > cost is borne by the person phoning in - as I understand it, the cost of
> > adding lines to the bridge is not heavy.  If there is another reason, I
> > would like to understand the rationale.
> > 
> ==> Antony,
>     I do not know about teleconference cost in the US, but have some
>     understanding for France.
>     The calling person is charged the telephone fees, which for the
>     international calls (Europe or US) is close to $US 25 per hour.
>     Much more if the number is in AsiaPacific or Africa or
> LatinACaribbean.
>     The hosting organiser is charged with fees per each caller and
>     per time, and it is not marginal (the exemple I have is approximately
>     $US 10 per caller per hour).
>     There are certainly technical limits about the number of possible
>     callers.
>     If we accept NC teleconferences' listeners, we will certainly
>     give an enormous advantage to the North America, and add an
>     additional burden on the reminding part of the world. I do not
>     think you would like it.
>     Elisabeth