What will they think of next?

Howard C. Berkowitz hcb at clark.net
Thu Jan 30 23:38:51 UTC 1997

At 1:53 PM -0800 1/30/97, Steven Eric Rubin wrote:
>I pulled this off of ba.internet, thought you might find this

Did they by any chance come up with this place where small ISPs can meet,
presumably agree on common routing policies as seen by the world, keep
local traffic local, and (although it's not mentioned) perhaps default to a
higher-level provider?  Gee...it would sound as if they want to cooperate
in their policies, but autonomously of other people outside their local
area, who would see them as a single system.  What could they call it?  An
autonomous system.  I like that.

I have heard of a financial type, tired of paying more and more for floor
space for the server farm, brought in steel-frame industrial shelving and
stacked servers several high.  He called this new configuration the Main

>Name of poster removed to changed to protect the less enlightend
>Hi folks,
>Many of you already know me.  I've been around in ba.internet and ba.news
>for a long time, and I'm not one to spam.  I've been looking at the
>problem of congestion for quite a while now, trying to come up with a
>reasonable plan - and I think I have.
>For the long answer, see [sorry, Im protecting the guy].  For the short
>answer - how about a place where the small ISP can come, locate a
>router, and peer with a bunch of other ISPs?  You don't need PI
>space, you don't need BGP4, and you don't have a $3000 per month
>co-lo bill.  We will peer using OSPF, which almost all routers
>support.  This will keep the local traffic local, and allow the
>small ISP to actually get a reasonable price for bandwidth to
>other local sites.

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