topological closeness....

Miguel A.L. Paraz map at
Thu May 16 13:14:51 UTC 1996


Gopi K Garge wrote:
> 	IMHO, in the context of the AP region, I guess we are overlooking the 
> 	user perspective - locally available "Internet" content. Barring
> 	.au, .sg, .kr, .hk (?), .jp and .tw, I do not see any major effort
> 	around to provide locally, content that is available in the US
> 	be it the GNU archive, the WU archive or one-of-those Beatles
> 	song and lyrics archive - result - good amount of traffic to the
> 	US. 

With limited bandwidth, updating these archives would be slow,
and, you wouldn't know yet if there are enough people accessing
these to justify getting a mirror.

Caching should help getting commonly requested information faster.

>       When one sees such traffic trends, why would an ISP even think in
>       terms of investing in a link to a place other than the US - the cost 
> 	permitting ? 

In the long term, as the Internet becomes more common, regional content 
will become more important, IMHO.  So develop the local content -
and the local infrastructure - and regional intranets, and virtual
private networks - will come in.

miguel a.l. paraz <map at>        iphil communications, makati city, 
tech problems, to <support at>    philippines.  

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