[RFC] Campaign »Buy/Sponsor a relay.«

jebusthesaviour jebusthesaviour at gmail.com
Wed Mar 10 12:06:40 UTC 2010

On 03/10/2010 10:26 AM, Paul Menzel wrote:
> Dear Tor folks,
> on the Tor start page [1] there is a message »Help us reach 5,000 relays
> in 2010!«
> On IRC arma discovered an offer by the British ISP Coldbot where you can
> buy 1 Mb/s bandwidth for £9 per month [2].
> Although it is quite pricey I find the idea very nice.
> »I guess for people caring about privacy but not wanting/able to set up
> a server themselves can now be told, you can pay 90 pounds a month [for
> 10 Mbps] and you will improve the connectivity of the Tor network.« [me
> on IRC]
> I suggested to contact ISPs for special rates, but arma and Sebastian
> pointed out that only getting relays from one ISP would hurt Tor
> security-wise. So different ISPs world-wide should be contacted.
> So what do you think about this campaign?
> I guess the first question is, have you ever been in this kind of
> situation where people asked you on how to support the Tor project.
> The second question is, is donating [3] working out quite well, i. e.
> are a lot of people donating? Would a »Sponsor a relay.« campaign hurt
> these fund raising efforts?
> Thanks,
> Paul
> [1] http://www.torproject.org/
> [2] http://coldbot.com/price/tor
> [3] http://www.torproject.org/donate

Minimum is 4Mbps, so £36 per month. They do mention they can offer Tor
servers located in other jurisdictions, outside the UK. But a dedicated
server at your co-location of choice is a definite alternative.
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