the Internet Backbone

John Curran jcurran at
Sat Apr 6 14:59:55 UTC 1996

At 3:02 PM 4/5/96, Michael Dillon wrote:
>On Fri, 5 Apr 1996, Gordon Cook wrote:
>> Bill sez:  A US Internet "backbone" is one which connects to ALL the 
>> NAP/MAEs in the US.  Not just two.  All of them.
>Why not just start calling it the Internet "core". The core of the US 
>Internet no longer follows a backbone topology. The core is composed of 
>the major NSP's who operate national backbones providing national transit 
>and who interconnect at all or most of the public exchange points.

Sounds like a fine definition...   (although adding the qualification 
of "functional" to "public exchange points" might be worthwhile...)


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