MFS WorldCom/WilTel/LDDS

Dick St.Peters stpeters at
Thu Aug 29 05:44:10 UTC 1996

> One dirty little secret is that most 
> phone calls and videoconferences ram their way past data transmissions 
> by using a bully of a communications method called UDP.  Unlike the more
> polite Transmission Control Protocol, TCP, which drops back
> when it detects congestion, UDP continues at full speed, elbowing 
> ahead of TCP traffic.

Sigh, I guess you need to have part of your network shut down by the
above-described effect to appreciate just how unusually accurate a
portrayal that description is.

> Its a good thing none of these journalist used the train, telegraph,
> or telephone systems when they were growing at these extact same rates,
> or we wouldn't have trains or telephones today.  A little research
> into the growth of the telephone network reveals very similar patterns.

What research into the growth of telephone, telegraph, and train
systems immediately reveals is usage-based pricing generating revenue
to pay for the infrastructure to handle the growing traffic.  At the
net's edges a large portion of use is purchased with usage-based
pricing right now, where usage is measured by connect time for dialup
users and by data transfer for servers.

> Clue seems to be a conserved quanitity in the universe, such that
> as the net gets lager the clue-denisty gets lower, thus causing
> most of the problems we see today.

The people with a clue are those who can tell the difference between
predicting the death of the net and predicting the end of the free

Dick St.Peters,       Gatekeeper, Pearly Gateway, Ballston Spa, NY
stpeters at     Owner, NetHeaven 518-885-1295/800-910-6671
Albany/Saratoga/Glens Falls/North Creek/Lake Placid/Blue Mountain Lake
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