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> Date: Fri, 02 Dec 1994 01:35:20 +0100
> From: Geert Jan de Groot <GeertJan.deGroot@ripe.net>
> Subject: RFC1597 
> > I have occasionally heard the suggestion that we should have instead
> > gotten a number of Class-B or Class-C networks.  I think that is a
> > short-sighted view, as it trades the possibility of an independent
> > radio-based IP network for immediate connectivity over commercial
> > internet providers.
> True, though the whole idea of class-A-B-C is fading out. Think about
> CIDR, where one works with a network prefix and a host suffix, which
> both have variable length. I.e. is a 30-bit
> network prefix, and a 2-bit suffix (i.e. for 4 IP addresses).
> This should not sound strange to people who were introduced into
> TCP/IP using Phil's package as this package has been classless
> from the past (good foresight, phil!)
> Most of the Internet world speaks CIDR these days, so it should
> be OK to announce a subnet of net 44 now. Anybody interested in
> an experiment or two?

This sounds nifty. How would this be set up? It's silly for packets
destined for to be routed down to California when the
actual host is much closer. It sounds like it would be possible to set
up regional versions of 'mirrorshades' for each country/province,
possibly even do away with all this encap business. Can you post some
more info on this (tech/administrative)?

> 73 Geert Jan PE1HZG

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