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Re: UUNet?

  • From: Steve Kann
  • Date: Fri May 26 16:02:58 2000

On Fri, May 26, 2000 at 12:18:28PM -0700, Sean Donelan wrote:
> While us techies may say we like abovenet's reaction more than uunet's
> reaction to their respective incidents, most of the buying decisions are
> made by managers who find abovenet's honesty scary and uunet's lack of
> publicly reported incidents comforting.

Well, I did make my buying decision based on AboveNet's full-disclosure
policy, and so I am voting with my wallet.  I didn't follow it, but I
don't think that AboveNet's stock price reflected poorly on their policy

Full disclosure is the only way to build better networks.  If your
customers can't see how you're performing, they can't choose based on
that information.  If you build a good network, you should have nothing
to hide.  

Now, the question is:  Is there a way to encourage more NSP's to be open
about what they provide?  It isn't a free market if providers collude to
keep the information that consumers need to make an educated buying
decision from them.


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