the first two benefits can be seen in pure dollar terms, the independence
which AUSIX gives the small-to-medium ISP is more intangible. To
start with, the simple benefits of informal networking amongst your
colleagues in the ISP industry is not to be underestimated, through
mailing lists and other meetings and social occasions.
part of this independence is increased power to choose your transit
provider. One of the problems with connecting to a single provider
of your bandwidth is the cost of moving to another carrier if you
want to change. Provisioning another tail to another carrier's PoP
is costly and time-consuming, and it is a major disincentive against
engaging in "commercial churn". Connecting to the AUSIX
exchanges with your own router gives you the ability to choose from
several upstream ISPs which are present at various exchanges, including
Optus and Telstra.
should be noted that AUSIX does not play a part in negotiating transit
contracts, although members are quite welcome, indeed encouraged,
to use their equipment hosted in AUSIX racks to take transit traffic
from privately negotiated contracts.