BGP (in)security makes the AP wire

J.A. Terranson measl at
Fri Feb 18 04:52:33 PST 2011

> > Presumably, one could prototype something simple and cheap at L2 level 
> > with WGS 84->MAC (about ~m^2 resolution), custom switch firmware and GBIC 
> > for longish (1-70 km) distances, but without a mesh it won't work.
> It was discussed during the IPng days.  My view at the time -- and my 
> view today -- is that there's an inherent conflict between that and 
> multiple competitive ISPs.  Suppose there's an IP address corresponding 
> to 40.75013351 west longitude, 73.99700928 north latitude (my building, 
> according to Google maps).  To which ISP should it be handed for 
> delivery?  Must all ISPs in a given area peer with each other?

There go those pesky L2 political questions!  


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