What do you mean by tier inequities and how are they being addressed?

Tier inequities are when institutions in the same tier pay different costs for the same product(s). In the case of the common suite, tier inequities are the result of inconsistency in Academic Search pricing that happened at the outset of the Academic Search license over a decade and a half ago and were exacerbated over time. Inequities are as much about sites underpaying as they are about sites overpaying an identified tier ideal cost. Because we know there is little to no capacity on the part of most partner libraries who are underpaying to pay more (and thereby lessen the burden of those overpaying), our new approach is to use ’system money’ to reduce their costs and get them closer to their tier ideal. ‘System money’ is garnered from the Complete to Premier downgrades.