Geographic v. topological address allocation

Vadim Antonov avg at
Fri Nov 21 22:37:27 UTC 1997

Tony Li wrote:

> True, however, geographic addressing has some rather severe practical
> problems.  The exchange point at the top becomes a single point of
> failure.  So it needs replication.  But then, there needs to be
> interconnect between the exchange points.  Who provides it?

Another way to say it is that monopoly is necessary to take
advantage of geographic addressing.  Baby Bells do that now
(with the area codes).  I'm wondering what is their idea of
migrating into competitive market (centralized database?) 


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