Internet vs. Telephone company

Bharat Ranjan bharatr at
Sat Feb 1 01:28:12 UTC 1997

> My question is:  Have other people heard of similar attempts by the
telephone companies to have "metered Internet access"?  > It seems they
would need a hardware level signal analyzer on their switching equipment
to differentiate between voice/data.  >Does anyone know by what means
such a technology could be implemented?  

Check out a product called 'Internet Thruway" that routes a call based
on the Called Number. The idea is for telcos to implement this product
as a back-end to their access network so calls being made to a Thruway
provider never reach the voice network. It is instead sent (via IP and
L2F) directly to the ISP's network. SBC is already committed to
deploying this in parts of Texas.

Check out the full story at and search on 'Internet

Attached is a piece of the press release

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Nortel Announces Internet Thruway for Public Carriers 

Research Triangle Park, NC -- Nortel has announced Nortel Internet
Thruway, the industry's first high-performance, end-to-end solution to
help public carriers more efficiently handle the impact of rapidly
growing Internet and telecommuting traffic. Available today, Nortel
Internet Thruway works in a multivendor switching network to elegantly
groom long-duration data and Internet calls off the voice network to a
data network, minimizing the impact of the traffic on the voice network
and allowing carriers to offer new services to data users, Internet
Service Providers (ISPs), and companies offering remote access and

Internet Thruway recognizes data calls based on called number and
totally redirects them away from the originating switch before they
reach the voice network. These calls are converted to packet data
format, encapsulated in IP packets using industry-standard Layer-2
Forwarding (L2F) protocol for security, and sent to the appropriate ISP
or corporate LAN over a frame relay or asynchronous transfer mode (ATM)
network. Voice calls proceed to the voice network over a standard TR303
link, an open interface to central offices. 

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