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Re: Microsoft offering xDSL access
From: DAVE NORDLUND <nordlund () ccstaff cc ukans edu>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 1998 13:20:44 +0000

Date:          Thu, 22 Jan 1998 22:28:52 -0500 (EST)
From:          Adam Rothschild <asr () millburn net>
Subject:       Re: Microsoft offering xDSL access
To:            Dean Morstad <dean () spacestar net>
Cc:            nanog () merit edu

This may be very true, but I have questions about how the Internet
is going to handle a bunch of ordinary web surfers now demanding their web
pages at 30 times the speed?  Is there backbone infrastructure in place to
provide this kind of access on a household basis?  Where is Microsoft going
to find enough peering from NSP's to provide this access to their customers?
 I think it would be safe to assume that they probably have 

This usage can be sustained easily by using proxy/cache implementations
similar to those of the cable modem ISP's.  After all, most of the
bandwidth usage will come from http traffic most likely.

Regarding the NSP, consider this:

UUNet provides dialup pool connectivity for MSN.  Microsoft owns a
nice chunk of UUNet.  UUNet is/will soon be implementing xDSL (IDSL and
SDSL to be exact).  UUNet is a big monster, and will only grow
bigger ("If you can't beat 'em, buy 'em")...  Microsoft will be
introducing xDSL access.

...and draw your own conclusions. :)

Hmm.  Worldcom owns UUNet/ALTERNET.  Worldcom does dial up for AOL and 
Compuserve.  Worldcom owns LDDS/Wiltel.  Worldcom is buying MCI and already
owns ANS.  Microsoft will do what?

History:  ANS was the first non commercial (read educational) Internet 
backbone.  ALTERNET was the first commercial NSP in 19987.

Dave Nordlund               d-nordlund () ukans edu
University of Kansas        913/864-0450
Computing Services          FAX 913/864-0485
Lawrence, KS  66045         KANREN

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