"There's a routing problem I have glossed over..."

Joe Barrera (joebar@MICROSOFT.com)
Thu, 8 Oct 1998 09:50:56 -0700


Imagine people buying boxes and putting them on top of their houses and
those boxes organizing themselves into networks that can blanket a
metropolitan network," Shepard said in an interview at the conference.
"Everybody would own their own piece and as long as you were working across
the metropolitan area it would be entirely end-user financed - some people
say free."


"There's a routing problem I have glossed over," Shepard said. That involves
inventing "an addressing architecture and a way to tackle the problem of how
do you find what you want to get to and how do you get a route to that," he
said. "It's a classical computer science problem in the tradition of scaling
large information systems, and I have a lot of faith that problem is