Using /31 for router links

Seth Mattinen sethm at
Sat Jan 23 20:53:12 UTC 2010

Michael Sokolov wrote:
> Wait a moment here.  With a MAN/WAN involving wires/fiber running over
> public property, what one is paying for is the right to use those wires
> for your data, right?  The wires themselves do NOT run Ethernet at the
> electrical level, so if you have some "MAN/WAN Ethernet" service, there
> is a black box of some kind that converts the native electrical signal
> format to Ethernet.  Why not take that black box out of service, use it
> for baseball practice (Office Space style), and use the exact same
> wires/fiber (rented at exactly the same monthly recurring price) in its
> native non-Ethernet form?

Well, I have an OC-12 upstairs that has an Overture box attached to it 
because: Ethernet is not tariffed and the OC-12 is. The price difference 
between the two was substantial (even though it's the same thing) and I 
was going for "cheap alternate path". If they were the same price I 
would have probably just taken it directly.


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