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You will be supporting Railfans everywhere
You will be supporting Model Railroaders
You will be supporting Railroad Awareness
You will be supporting the Huge Online ABPR Photo Archives
You will be supporting the Diverse Railfan.net Forum
How does Railfan.net Sponsorship support these interests?
Railfan.net was started to allow preservationists and hobbyists to enjoy free
of charge webspace. Many of the railroad related websites on the internet were
severely crippled by a lack of web storage space or by extemely poor webserver
performance. As an ISP, we recognized this and thought that our tremendous
excess capacity could be the answer to a lot of prayers. It was the answer for
a lot of people, far beyond our expectations. Late in 1998 it became apparent
that Railfan.net's resource consumption had eclipsed that of our ISP business!
Some of the sites which Railfan.net sponsors have become incredibly popular
and consume prodigious amounts of data storage and internet bandwidth. To an
great extent the massive
alt.binaries.pictures.rail (ABPR) Photo Archives, at 805,803 photos
and growing daily, has proven to be a large drain on the ISP.
With Telcos monopolizing DSL and Cablecos doing the same with cable
internet, the dialup ISP business has had to fight harder and harder to make
ends meet and pay the employees. Expenses have been cut to the bone and
the only expense left which can be cut out is Railfan.net and we don't want to have to
We've talked with a lot of people about how to raise the revenue to keep doing
what we've done so well thus far and the only practical solution is to solicit
individual and commercial sponsorship from people like you! We don't want to
jam obnoxious and off-topic banner ads and popups in your face all the time
and we just won't be reduced to doing that. We're a "pure" railfan network and
we don't think that type of horrid commercialism has a place here.
That's where you come in. Help us to support the Rail Enthusiast Community
with a donation which will assist us in covering the considerable expenses
involved in providing Railfan.net's services.
Ways you can Donate to Railfan.net:
Or Send a Check or Money Order payable to Blue Moon Internet Corp to:
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