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Re: Questions about Internet Packet Losses

  • From: Sean Donelan
  • Date: Wed Jan 15 10:13:00 1997

>I do not think any of them would kill the hen laying golden eggs.
>The reality is that backbone ISPs are starting to turn out new
>customers.  There's always a lot of noise from those who just don't
>get TANSTAAFL, though.

Sigh, there are customers who would love to buy better service.  But
when we ask various providers what we, as customers, can do to get
better service out of those networks, we're told by those providers
their networks don't have any problems.  If the problem doesn't involve
the service provider, why would giving them more money make things
better?  If we believe what the providers have been saying, our money
would be better spent elsewhere to improve service.

Whatever the problems with MERIT's methods, they showed there were
quantitive differences between different providers.  What those differences
really mean, and why they exist is open to debate or for academic types,
a subject of further research.

There are always a lot of noise from those who just don't believe those
who say 'trust us' our network has zero loss.  I'm from Missouri, Show Me.
-- 
Sean Donelan, Data Research Associates, Inc, St. Louis, MO
  Affiliation given for identification not representation
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