For those who have been interested in this discussion, a new
version of the draft has been posted. It incorporates, to the
extent to which I could figure out how to do so, comments on the
list and some very specific suggestions from a few people (see
As the document indicates, and as has been said on this list, it
is pretty easy to slice and dice this along a whole series of
dimensions and by differentiating among issues that, while
potentially important, are comprehensible only to experts. So,
if you are going to read it and comment, I suggest (and request)
that you try to adopt the perspective of an end-user, regulator,
or legislator who is easily confused by, and impatient of,
If we have managed to design (or back into) a network design
with sufficiently many combinations of options that the
knowledge level of the readers of this list are required to
understand a service offering, that is probably a problem. But
it is not a problem that any document like this can solve.
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A New Internet-Draft is available from the on-line Internet-Drafts directories.
Title : Terminology for Describing Internet Connectivivy
Author(s) : J. Klensin
Filename : draft-klensin-ip-service-terms-03.txt
Pages : 11
Date : 2004-7-2
As the Internet has evolved, many types of arrangements have been
advertised and sold as 'Internet connectivity'. Because these may
differ significantly in the capabilities they offer, the range of
options, and the lack of any standard terminology, has cause
considerable consumer confusion. This document provides a list of
terms and definitions that may be helpful to providers, consumers,
and, potentially, regulators in clarifying the type and character of
services being offered.
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