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[ NNSquad ] The Net that Got Away

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Date: Sun, 6 Dec 2009 20:58:26 -0500
From: Dave Farber <dave@farber.net>
Subject: [IP] New article:  The Net that Got Away
Reply-To: dave@farber.net
To: ip <ip@v2.listbox.com>

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> From: "Fred R. Goldstein" <fgoldstein@IONARY.COM>
> Date: December 6, 2009 8:17:17 PM EST
> Subject: New article:  The Net that Got Away
> Reply-To: Telecom Regulation & the Internet 

> Apropos to Bruce's postings, including his most recent, my latest  
> article is now up on TMCnet.  It drills down into the 1992-1993 time  
> frame and discusses, in business and technical terms, the network that 
> was apparently being promised by the ILECs before they pulled their 
> switcheroo.  It was not an ISP, though it could have been used to access 
> them.
> http://hosted-voip.tmcnet.com/feature/articles/70379-net-that-got-away.htm
> [a few sentences from the middle -- the first part of the article cites 
> Bruce's work]
> ...
> The key high-speed network technology of the early 1990s was formally 
> called Asynchronous Transfer Mode, or ATM for sort. Not many people 
> remember it but there was a bit of an investment bubble in ATM companies 
> right around then. ATM had been proposed a few years earlier as the key 
> technology for an international program called Broadband ISDN (B-ISDN). 
> The common copper-wire-based ISDN technologies that actually did roll 
> out in the 1990s were formally called Narrowband ISDN, while B-ISDN was 
> designed for all-optical networks  fiber to the home (FTTH).
> B-ISDN standards specified two interface speeds, 155 Mbps and 622 Mbps. 
> When these were being firmed up around 1986, they appeared to be rocket 
> science, but Moore's Law was in full effect, and it was assumed that the 
> technology to mass-produce B-ISDN would be available by the time the old 
> copper wire telephone networks were replaced with glass. That was 
> anticipated to be the distant future, the late 1990s.
> ...
> --
> Fred Goldstein    k1io   fgoldstein "at" ionary.com
> ionary Consulting              http://www.ionary.com/
> +1 617 795 2701

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