the original thirteen NSFNET regionals

Kent W. England kwe at
Sun Jun 8 22:45:26 UTC 1997

At 07:36 AM 6/5/97 -0700, Kevin Oberman wrote:
>It might be noted that both NASA and ESnet were originally primarily
>DECnet networks as they pre-date IP development by a little bit. They
>also, in there early forms (SPAN, HEPnet, and MFEnet) predate the

It's also worth noting that DECNET was a leading contender for the NSFNET.
Sid Karin, director of SDSC, tells the story that he was leaning toward
DECNET until he met a taciturn Teutonic network engineer from Ann Arbor who
convinced Sid among others that a TCP/IP backbone would work.


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