Did Internet Founders Actually Anticipate Paid, Prioritized Traffic?

Bill Stewart nonobvious at gmail.com
Fri Sep 17 21:12:54 UTC 2010

On Tue, Sep 14, 2010 at 6:51 PM, Steven Bellovin <smb at cs.columbia.edu> wrote:
> No, they bought AT&T, which [...]  But yes, SBC is the controlling piece of the new AT&T.

> As for the two /8s -- not quite.  Back in the 1980s, AT&T got 12/8.  We soon learned that we couldn't make good use of it, since multiple levels of subnetting didn't exist.  We offered it back to Postel in exchange for 135/8 -- i.e., the equivalent in class B space -- but Postel said to keep 12/8 since no one else could use it, either.  This was all long before addresses were tight.  When AT&T decided to go into the ISP business, circa 1995, 12/8 was still lying around, unused except for a security experiment I was running.*    However, a good chunk of 135/8 went to Lucent (now Alcatel-Lucent) in 1996, though I don't know how much.

             Thanks;     Bill

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