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Re: Funding for NAPs...
> Out of curiosity...where does the money come from to keep exchange points > like the MAEs alive? Is NSF or other government money involved? If so, > what are the terms of the funding? the MAE's are run by MFSDatanet (or have been to date, anyway). You pay them for your connection to their equipment, as well as a port charge, and in turn, they finance the exchange point. The NAP providers (Ameritech, Sprint, and PacBell) do get some government money. As with all government funding, there is red tape, such as providing services to R&E type stuff. MFSDatanet: http://www.mfsdatanet.com/mfs-datanet/ Americech NAP: http://www.ameritech.com/products/data/nap/ Pacbell NAP: http://www.pacbell.com/Products/NAP/ Sprint NAP: http://www.???.???/ other: you might www.ra.net Dave -- Dave Siegel President, RTD Systems & Networking, Inc. (520)623-9663 Systems Consultant -- Unix, LANs, WANs, Cisco [email protected] User Tracking & Acctg -- "Written by an ISP, http://www.rtd.com/ for an ISP."