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THE NETWORK AND K-12 FERDI SERIM'S PERSONAL VISION OF REFORM

The lead story is a 12,000 word interview with Ferdi Serim on new developments in K-12 use of the internet. Because of time sensitive details in our story, we will publish this summary to the network on Weds morning March 9, - having already delayed publication for a full week.

We break three other stories:

1. PSI opens commercial internet venture in Japan.

2. Ameritech expected soon to announce region wide IP network to connect to Chicago NAP.

3. We also talk publicly for the first time about our experience as an NREN analyst at the US Congress Office of Technology Assessment.


JAPAN COMMERCIAL INTERNET: PSI ENTERS MARKET WITH IIKK ACQUISITION PP. 12-13, & 22.

The commercial internet has had a slow beginning in Japan. Centralized control of telecommunications and feuding between commercial and academic interests has kept prices and barriers to entry high.

IIKK is a foreign venture that succeeded in getting a license to offer commercial internet access in Japan while a Japanese venture still hasn't been licensed. Nevertheless a brief period in November (now know as the Internet wars) lead to a PSI buyout of IIKK and to what people see as an encouarging situation where the entry of PSI into the Japanesse market seems to be broadly applauded. We present some extensive interviews with sources in Japan.


VBNS & RA AWARD AUTHORIZATIONS MADE - MCI, MERIT, IBM AND ANS WIN, PP. 14-15

NSF 93-52 vBNS and Routing arbiter award authorizations announced by Steve Wolff on February 11 were pretty much what we predicted a month ago. The vBNS at a cost of $10 million a year goes to MCI for an ATM - SONET based OC-3c network. ANS was not mentioned as a subcontractor in documents presented to the National Science. However no one has attempted to refute our assertion that this is the case. Sprint launches protest.

THE NSB "AWARD AUTHORIZATION" MEMOS are published on pp. 16-17. SEEKING SOURCE OF STEVE WOLFF'S POLICY DIRECTION, P. 18

When Wolff, in FOIA response, states that he does not correspond with OSTP's Nelson or Gibbons, we elevate our FOIA to the level of NSF Director & staff.

AXES AND CURSOR'S, pp. 19 - 22.

A Discourse on Public Policy and the Editor's Role at The US Congress Office of Technology Assessment by Dave Hughes and Gordon Cook.

In mid Febrauary, acting on his own initiative on the WELL , Dave Hughes told TIME's Philip Elmer DeWitt his position on recent network events and described in some detail the Editor's experience on the OTA Assessment of the NREN. When Hughes sent us what he had written, we decided to publish it and interpolate - writing in first person singular - our own views.

By December 12, 1990 critical proponents, including Senate Staffer Mike Nelson were aware that the OTA report, going in the direction it was headed, was not likely to come out the way they had hoped and therefore would not be an NREN sales tool. The article will give readers a much clearer understanding of the pressure brought to bear - pressures that included OTA's hiring a step daughter of Congressman Hamilton Fish (who happens to be IBM's Congressman). Brought in to put the study "on track", this person, by getting it "redesigned" and getting some key issues thrown out, left it completely derailed. Seven more months of work by the Editor and another year's effort by his assistant were insufficient to produce an OTA "publishable" study. (After a week to ten days I'll send this article to those who request it. In the meantime hang on to your requests. I lack a good automated way to deal with ones sent now.)


AMERITECH TO OFFER IP TRANSPORT THROUGHOUT ITS SERVICE AREA MARK KNOPPER HIRED FROM MERIT TO RUN SERVICE

Ameritech has hired Mark Knopper from MERIT and will soon announce Ameritech Advanced Data Services (AADS) which will be offerring AADSNet, an IP regional network covering the Ameritech 5-state area (and beyond, eventually). The network provides access in each LATA to multiple internet network service providers (as yet unnamed), and AADS customers will have their choice of primary and backup long-haul providers. They support the usual alphabet soup (DS0, DS1, DS3, ATM, dialup PPP, ISDN...IP, IPX, OSI, SNA. From an official document: "AADS has submitted a proposal to the National Science Foundation to act as Network Access Point (NAP) manager for the Chicago NAP, as part of the 1993 NSFNET solicitation. The AADSNet will be connected to the Chicago NAP.

AADSNet supports full and open connectivity to all internet providers, and will provide equal and non discriminatory access. AADS will join appropriate consortiums to foster good communications and participation among Internet service providers."