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Re: MCI Accepts Worldcom's Bid?
On Mon, 10 Nov 1997, Karl Denninger wrote: > Frankly, this could be a *good* thing for the industry. Among other things > large organizations have a habit and history of being unable to perceive > and act on market-based changes quickly enough to capitalize on them. > > They tend to act like 900lb Gorillas instead, which is great if you're into > slow, plodding things, and not so good if you aren't fast enough to get > stepped on. But eventually, stepping on people draws the fire of people > on the DOJ side of the fence. I agree, I think this is a good thing for many NSPs. It is going to be a HUGE job to combine UUNET, ANS, and Internet MCI. They have huge hardware differences. ANS with the new BAY BCN hardware that they spent a large time developing, MCI with their large Stratacom network, and UUNet with their new Fore network. They all connect customers in a different way, it will take some time to bring all of that together. There will be major outages and problems associated with this merger. It will be a big change for other backbone providers to come in a take some of their customers base. It also will be easier to watch 1 big gorilla then 3 smaller ones. -Nathan