Louis A. Mamakos
louie at alter.net
Sun Sep 11 22:54:12 UTC 1994
> As stated in my earlier note, NSF's goal is to obtain NAP
> functionality. This functionality is technology independent. The
> whole purpose of the note was to point out that the desired
> functionality can be met by taking advantage of an existing facility.
But it really is differnt than a NAP. There is policy stuff stuck to
a "NAP". MAE-East has no requirement for traffic statistics reporting
to the NSF on a periodic basis. Do we want them to? I don't know;
personally, I don't think its their business. I don't want to have
MFS have to do this sort of stuff.
> Thus, an ISP who wanted to check off that they were meeting the NAP
> functionality that NSF was requesting could do so by saying they were
> doing so in part by being connected to MAE-east. This is the clear
> gain that you were asking for: simplification for some of the ISPs.
Sorry, I still don't get it. How is this simpler for *me*. I don't
have a compelling need to "check-off" anything. I don't see how this
simpler for any of the existing MAE-East participants, either.
> Since it appears the act of putting a NAP label on MAE-east does not
> seem to have an impact on the functioning of MAE-east, is there any
> reason not to do so?
Shall we just get down to it: it's as much an emotinal issue as
anything. MAE-East was built almost in spite of the the existing
ANS/NSFNET NSF-sponsored network. Any now they want to come along to
a facility which "we" built already, which has been a popular success
and model of inter-ISP cooperation and burden it with this government
label which none of us seeks. And then hold it up as a successful
implementation of the network architecture proposed by the NSF; it
would be a farce.
NSF threw a party in Washington DC called the NAP, and nobody came.
Please let us be. The reason not label it a NAP is because some of us
just don't WANT you to. It's our party.
If other MAE-East party-goers, er, particpants have a different opinion,
I'd be happy to hear it.
Peter, at this point you probably should post a polite note to the
mae-east mailing list to see what other think about this harmless idea
of yours; I don't know how many of them are on this list.
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