Is it possible that our technical solutions are at least
contributorially responsible for the economic slowdown? (Small
businesses can't get connected, so large numbers of high-money dotcoms get
massive amounts of funding, but few of them can make any money, so their debts
skyrocket, and the massive power shifts happen?)
Don't mind me, I'm just pondering.
Roeland Meyer [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, March 13, 2001 12:53 PM
'Patrick Greenwell'; Steven M. Bellovin
Subject: Broken Internet?
> From: Patrick Greenwell [mailto:email@example.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, March 13, 2001 11:29 AM
> to change the fact that these alternative root server
> networks exist and
that the Internet still works, mostly(as I'm sure you'd agree
> it's always a little broken.)
That is an understatement (a little broken). I have just been
one of those broken areas, the hard
1. Prefix filtering at
2. Most small busineses limited to /24, by
3. Multi-homing requirements for
multi-office businesses (many SOHO's).
business failure of many DSL ISPs.
5. Total lack of
responsibile behavior among DSL access providers.
It is next to impossible for a small business to have reliable
connectivity without moving into a large
co-lo. Even if they can afford the
multiple T1's, they
can't get portable IP addresses that will be advertised
reliably. Many of them need, at most, a pair of /24's and ARIN,
this, will not issue them portable blocks
larger than /24 without severe
Many of you might think that is okay, but what if their
upstream dies off
(as recently happened to MHSC). In
the current day and age, business stops
until they get
reconnected. This disconnect is at minimum, 4-6 weeks, under
the best of circumstances. As one vendor recently pointed out in
adverts, most businesses, down for more than 14
days, will never survive.
More importantly, such an
outage flat-lines the revenue picture for that
fiscal quarter, for the unlucky victim.
What we have today is a manufactured dependence on a single
provider and no way to multi-home. Even co-lo
boils down to single-home
Yes, there are a bunch of hacks to work around this problem.
But, that is
exactly what they are ... hacks. They are
not something I could build a
Any business needs:
1. to be able to
change upstream providers without having to renumber.
2. to be able to change access providers without having to
3. to be able to have its net-block(s) visible regardless of which ISPs
are currently using.
Currently the only ones that can do that are those
1. Are large enough to justify a /20 (begging
the question of how they got
2. Can afford their own datacenter.
It looks like our technical solutions are raising unreasonable
entry for small businesses.