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> > Hello, > > I'm curious about MAE-LA. It has the potential to be quiet big, but it > never really kicked off. We were considering linking there, but with only > 13 other providers, we decided not too. > > Does anyone know why MAE-LA never really kicked off? Define "Really Kicked Off" for me, if you would... According to http://www.mfsdatanet.com/MAE/la.fddi.overlay.html right now, MAE-LA is handling as much traffic as MAE-WEST did in November of 1995, about 20 months ago...see the following graph for historical data: http://www.mfsdatanet.com/MAE/west.mfs.951106.html If MAE-LA keeps up that growth rate, in two years it should be handling roughly 1Gb/sec through it during the day. I think you'd agree that at that point it would definitely have "kicked off"... It's all a question of scale. MAE-LA is doing quite nicely right now--I wouldn't recommend it as your _only_ connection to the net, unless you're using it to purchase transit connectivity out through one of the carriers there. But as a place to pass traffic to other players, it's quiet and reliable; once you connect and set up your peering, it's never gone down on us, we never have to think about it, unlike mae-west it doesn't cause early morning heartburn because someone tripped over an extension cord... :-( Bill raised some excellent concerns, however, about the overall wisdom of using the WorldCom supported MAEs in general. I know that if I were starting a company up at this point, I wouldn't recommend trying to hit all the MAEs, I'd do private connections to the major carriers, and screw trying to go default-free or anything silly like that--it takes too much time, too much effort, and your customers won't really be able to tell the difference anyhow. But then again, I'm just getting cynical at this hour. :-( Short answer to your original question, mae-la is doing perfectly well for what it is. > Keith Matt Petach speaking from home, not representing anyone that anyone here might recognize...