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parti ipate. Th key to EB NEi very carefully wordedmemorandum of under tand-ing-wording that w offen iveto the Ie t number of people.
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ventu 1-Iy, the volun-tary 011 or-tium will gaw y in f: v rof me pro-fe ionalgroup thatwill run a Eu-ropean bbone. M
whit , each of the participantagre to contributc omething.
For som gr ups, e . ting line-r reallocated that all ENE
traffIC ov r them. therorganiza giv pc pi , routersor nctW rk m n gemcnt.
Ell NE i a OIK.'-ycar v lun-tary effi rt. At the t-nd f n 'xt yt'ar,aU the f rc 0 back t the
riginal org nization. MaybeEll NEwill be extended fi r1993, but maybe a fonnal organi-zati n wiU be in place by then.
For 1992, tit. ther will be afunctioning backbone. ourpoints-on in the north, ne inthe south and two in central Eu-rope-arc the EBONE hubs.
Two links to the United t tepr vi tTong Inten :t COfU1t.'Ctivi-ty. Tail circui coni v rious r -gi llal y tem. The remaininqucs . n . how many met..'tinp rti .pan n corwin e theirman gemc..-nt to kt them i'n up.
EB NE hows that users canc ntr I their nctw rks. It i n t
ry to wait for ovemmcntto act. Whil not a perm nent solu-tion, it' certainly nc mod I oftarting infrastructure.
Ideally, of course, B Nw uld have been tarted with thehelp f thc European 'ommi i n.Like the U. . N . uI .
da' , it could have rted thefrort, then ught a way to m ke
it 'If- u taining. But whc..-n ov-emmt...n become p ralyzed, tht.TCi till th . pas ibility fi r individu Ist c Iltrol their own d tinies.
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abl is the wide vari ty of orga-nizations repr ented in thi vo-luntary consortium. More than3S groups wer pr ent at theZoo, including th CERN phys-ics laboratory in Gen va, veraltel communications authoriti ,universiti , regional netWorand even IBM.
Not all of th will rily
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Ke s Negg r ,an mploye ofSurfuet, the r gional n tworkfor plac like the Netherlandsand B Igium. Kees work d withgroup such as EUnet, whichhas comm rcial link to theUnited States, and Nordunet,which is th r gional networkfor th Scandinavian countri .
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waiting for Godot. The Europe-an Commission, with its mon-ey, seemed a likely place to geta pan-European network. TheEuropean Commission spawnedlots of~, but its focus onX.25 and Open Syst ms intercon-nection to the dusion of otherprotocols paralyzed it.
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Oct. 30, at the Tiger Room oftheAmsterdam Zoo, history tookplace. A group of European net-works, users and computer com-panies got together and decidedthat they would pool their reo-sam and form a Europeanbackbone.
For years, Europe has been