New billing system makes your employer your ISP

New billing system makes your employer your ISP

Summary: Employers who allow Internet access in the office now have the option of charging employees for personal bandwidth thanks to a new system developed by Exinda Networks. According to an article, the billing system allows a company to monitor exactly which Web sites are visited by each employee and how much bandwidth has been used.

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Employers who allow Internet access in the office now have the option of charging employees for personal bandwidth thanks to a new system developed by Exinda Networks. According to an article, the billing system allows a company to monitor exactly which Web sites are visited by each employee and how much bandwidth has been used.

While it's mainly intended to stop the most abusive Net users, such as those downloading pirated movies, it would not get the warmest welcome in the workplace. At worst it can choke up the accounting department dealing with expense claims from workers arguing legitimate usage, not to mention the ensuing itemization nightmare.

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  • Billing System

    We track internet usage at our company, not so much for compliance but to see where to split the bill across departments.

    Using SQUID and having it setup so that logs are sent to a MYSQL server we are able to calculate bandwidth usage and allocate it properly.

    If we sent individual employees bills for there usage that was not work related it would certanly cut down on the amount of time they spend on the internet looking at non work related sites.

    But who has the time to do that? Not IT or the Accounting Folks.
    eholme