Mike Nelson has been described to me by a knowledgable source as Al Gore's alter-ego on NREN since 1988. A geo-physics PhD he comes to NREN from it's BIG SCIENCE and research origins. He is indeed a key player who is being very tight lipped. His address is [log in to unmask] The address says something about where his interests appear to me to lie. I have been following NREN full time for almost 3 years. Exactly *WHO* is setting policy is not nearly as clear to me as I would have hoped. I have my suspicions -they include IBM- but I am not prepared to indict the entire telecom industry. There *IS* a bandwagon under way and some grass roots input is sorely needed. Let me go back to Tom Grunder's essay on why he does not support NREN. One of the best I have seen.