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COMMUNET  June 1993, Week 2

COMMUNET June 1993, Week 2

Subject:

Re: A WAR OVER THE FUTURE OF THE NREN/INTERNET

From:

Gordon Cook <[log in to unmask]>

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Communet: Community and Civic Network Discussion List

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Wed, 9 Jun 1993 20:11:48 PDT

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I have been looking into it full time for nearly three years steve.
My associate's private view at OTA after about 5 months on the job was that
she had never seen anything so "wired" to have a predetermined outcome.
 
She was right.
 
Unfortunately a lot of folk never stopped to read the actual legislation:
 
PL 102-194 "Sec 102 (c) Network Characteristics
 
The Network shall (6) have accounting mechanisms which allow users or groups
of users to be charged for their usage of copyrighted materials available over
the network, and, where appropriate and technically feasible, **for their
use** of the network."
 
Now I'd say that's pointing pretty squarely in the direction of metered
individual bills.  Still happy with what Al gore has brought you?
 
The big advocates of NREN have been the federal agencies who have believed
that public funds will be poured into buying bigger and better bit-pipes for
various HIGH end uses.  For this reason not many of the network insiders have
wished to rock the boat when the bill authorizes $500 million for NREN from fy
92 through 96.  But there is a huge difference between authorize and
appropriate, and even when appropriated it can be pulled.
 
A major argument for NREN has been technology transfer.  This may have held in
1989.  But progress on the new backbones has been so abysmal that ATM
technology will be put in place by the private sector before it makes it onto
NSFnet, ESnet, or NSInet.
 
The whole thing is hideously complicated.  Unfortunately very few folk have
any view of the WHOLE picture.....which leaves the pieces in charge of the
special interests as usual.  (After three years full time on the trail I think
that I *DO* have an idea of the WHOLE picture.)
 
I have interested a reporter at the Washington post. But so far all his
editors do is yawn.  And most reporters have to cover such a broad swarth of
technology that they can never find time to educate themselves in how all
these pieces should be put together.
 
The grass roots aspect is a bore to the special interests. There's not
enough money there.  And as I tried to say when this list first got started,
if the grass roots thinks it will reap significant benefits from NREN, it will
probably be disillusioned.
 
I know what is going on and write about it every month.  Unfortunately since I
am self employed and therefore owe nothing to the special interests, I cannot
give my work away.... sounds like the network connndrun doesn't it?
 
By the way, who is the commercial provider who is doing well in North
carolina?  Beware of the meaning of non profit - ANS is a 501(c)(3) with a
profit making subsidiary ANS CO+RE.  That subsidiary, despite what the NSF IG
says, has been given on a handshake a monopoly over commercial traffic that
transits the NSFnet backbone.  I am told that if you take the total number of
employees of both ANS and CO+RE that 40% are working full time to sell
connections to the Fortune 1000.  Now when this happens, depending on the size
of the connection, the commercial entity pays a 2 thousand or 4 thousand
dollar surcharge.  After CO+RE's expenses are deducted, this surcharge goes
into an infrastructure pool to help Research and education users.  Brock Meeks
reported in the April 27th issue of Communications Daily that two years after
CO+RE was formed there was roughly $162,000 in the infrastructure pool of
which $173 had been disbursed to pay for lunch at the second meeting of the
Resource Allocation committee that decides how the pool will be spent.
 
Give you a warm and cozy feeling?
_______________________________________________________________
Gordon Cook, Editor Publisher:  COOK Report on Internet -> NREN
431 Greenway Ave, Ewing, NJ 08618
[log in to unmask]                                   (609) 882-2572
_______________________________________________________________

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