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Geographic addressing reconsidered
E. Hoffman and k. claffy, "Geographic addressing reconsidered", in Coordination and Administration of the Internet Workshop, Sep 1996.
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Geographic addressing reconsidered

Eric Hoffman1
kc claffy2



National Laboratory for Applied Network Research - NLANR, San Diego Supercomputer Center, University of California, San Diego

Humans have not inhabited Cyberspace long enough or in sufficient diversity to have developed a Social Contract which conforms to the strange new conditions of that world. Laws developed prior to consensus usually serve the already established few who can get them passed and not society as a whole.

The addressing model of the Internet constrains the shape of the routing system and charging model. There is only one concrete proposal, provider-based, currently under consideration for the management of the next generation IP address space (IPv6), despite concerns about its ramifications. In this paper we outline a counter proposal called Metro addressing and examine some of the technical and business issues that would result from its adoption.

Keywords: policy
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