Speaking on Deep Background, the Press Secretary whispered:
> > Is it just a coincidence that this cable runs right by "MAE-East,"
> > which was MCI's major switch for internet traffic? Did AT&T carry
> > very much of the Internet in the early days (i.e. 1990-1995)?
> Generally speaking, AT&T was late to the game - while it is
> certainly likely that some internet traffic travelled over AT&T
> circuits, even way back in the Arpanet days when it would
> have been Long Lines or nuthin', but these were just point
> to point telco circuits (DS0 or DS1 or DS3) and the telco
> providing would not have any idea what they were being used
> for, just customers buying circuits.... there has never been
> any specific infrastructure for transmission of internet traffic
Indeed. Remember the reason the L-coax system was shut down years
before its planned lifetime -- Sprint had laid fiber and Candice
Bergen was busting ATT's chops with the "pin drop" commercials.
Analog muxing al-la supergroup/mastergroup traded quality for
capacity. It took the FAR wider bandwidth of light over fiber
to make digital viable. (And the non-so-minor improvements in
laser/photodiodes/ digital electronics etc....)
So the idea that ATT built analog facilities for the
then-non-existent digital demands of the 'Net? Naw...
What I've often wondered about was -- did FAA demands influence
Long-Lines planning? (We KNOW that NASA did.) But on Albert's
Ohio maps, there's a route shown going through Elyria. Elyria is
~adjacent to Oberlin. Oberlin has but two things: a noted college,
and the busiest Air Route Traffic Control Center in the world.
Oberlin was/is served by an independent, but I can't recall which.
(It's long since been swallowed up...)
During tours in the late 60's/70's; I recall being told that ATT
had had to run their own facilities in when the Center was built
in the early 1960s. But no one I can find knows of any notable
ATT facility in either Elyria [also independent] or Oberlin.
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