the Internet Backbone

David Miller david at
Sat Apr 6 17:47:48 UTC 1996

On Sat, 6 Apr 1996, John Curran wrote:

> 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...)

Does the backbone only exist in the US then?  Or have previous posters 
been referring to NAP's and MAE's worldwide?

I think our US -centrism is showing here guys:)

--- David Miller
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		    one doesn't know what one can't do!

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