Interconnects at NANOG

Jonathan Heiliger loco at
Thu Jan 4 00:44:27 UTC 1996

On Jan 3,  3:43pm, Dave Siegel wrote:
> When the TLA's are expanded into their actual meanings, Metropolitan Area
> Exchange, and Network Access Point, there does not appear to be a great deal
> of difference between the two, except that one is a term that MFS Datanet
> started, and the other is one that the government sited as the term for the
> exchanges they were helping to fund/promote.

I've also heard a rumor that at least part of the convention was due to the MAE
being called Metropolitan Area Ethernet which was, again, I believe coined by
Andrew Partan of UUNET.

Perhaps term IXP, IntereXchange Point could be used.  Too many acronyms has
long been a trend in technology. :-)


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