Internet access and telco usage patterns

Hong Chen hchen at
Tue Jul 9 21:17:31 UTC 1996


Well, as many people asked me the mailing list on IETF 
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  > At 10:51 AM 7/5/96 -0700, Hong Chen wrote:
  > >As a matter of fact, it is quite doable. Aimnet developed a roaming
  > >server (check that allows international ISPs to 
  > >use each other's network to provide dialup services. A group of 
  > >ISPs have joined a consortium GRIC (Global Reach Internet 
  > >Consortium)  lead by Aimnet. The roaming server is based 
  > >on Radius protocol. 
  > >
  > >A telco company can install modems and route the authentication to 
  > >the specific ISP for authentication. 
  > Hong,
  > I looked at this doing this about a year ago but the major stumbling block 
  > was that if ISPs share the authentication responsibility using distributed
  > RADIUS, they have the capability of keeping each other's passwords for the
  > user's that used the global access service.
  > Also, a service you likely know about, started up around the same time in 
  > Vancouver, where I was living at the time, called GeoAccess
  > (, was going to target this idea much more
  > aggressively than I (and plus I did not feel like competing with him in
  > particular), and decided on the model on centralized authentication, 
  > effectivele becoming a worldwide access ISP without purchasing a single modem
  > or terminal server.  But even ISPs participating in his "network" can log
  > the entered passwords.
  > Telephone companies might have a problem with the legal ramifications of this
  > "roaming" service.
  > >I just came back from Montreal INet 96 last week and a new roaming 
  > >IETF group will be started. We are working on the IETF draft 
  > >for the roaming and stay tuned. 
  > Please let me know what the name of working group is, and perhaps take this
  > to private email.  I would be very interested to know how the password
  > access problem is worked around, or at very least, rationaly pushed aside, 
  > and even contribute.
  > Eric Woodward.
  > ejw at
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