corporations using BGP for advertising prefixes in mid-1990s

John Payne john at
Fri May 20 14:23:15 UTC 2011

On May 12, 2011, at 8:31 PM, Roy wrote:

> On 5/12/2011 4:03 PM, George Herbert wrote:
> > ....
> > Large end-user companies generally multihomed by that time, and you
> > generally did that by BGP4 at the time (post-1994), and before that
> > BGP3, and before that EGP, and before that... well, there was little
> > "commercial ISPness" other than NSFNet connectivity and the regional
> > networks back then so multihoming was somewhat of a moot point.
> >
> > Thank you again, UUNet/Alternet and PSI!
> >
> The management of the large end-user company I worked for could barely spell Internet at the beginning of 1995.  A few connections to the Internet existed and the lab where I worked was experimenting with a socks-server.  There was a large intranet allocated from the company's class A space.

But it wasn't long before SOCKS (and proxy in non-US) servers were deployed throughout the entire company, connected behind an ISP owned and operated by that company.  The connectivity was typically static routing to/from the POP in the same building IIRC. 

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