I'm thinking of setting up an Internet access service in
Portugal, Europe. And that means full access ( ftp, telnet,etc ).
Although I'm quite at home with TCP/IP, routing, addresses, Ethernet,
X.25, etc I just dont know how to go about it.
Its obvious that I'm not going to lay Ethernet cable from my connection
point to my physical location. That means I need a leased line, that I
can get from the *only* ( can you say monopoly ? ) telecomm provider in
Portugal. But then what ? OK, get the IP address from someone ? Who ?
The problem is that in Europe the Net is "managed" ( can you say ruled ?)
by the local Unix Users Group who view themselves as the only providers
of net access, and dont want commercial sites. In Portugal, the PUUG doesnt
even provide TCP/IP, only UUCP for news and mail transfer. So what can I do ?
Can I go over PUUG and get another connection point in Europe ? Will I have
the same problem ?
Suppose that I can get that connection point ? The setting up of an IP address
over a leased line baffles me. Is ISDN a possibility ?
I'd like to hear from you. Any access providers in USA willing to do a joint
I think there's a misunderstanding somewhere here, since there's no such
thing as the "Net" and there is no one organisation managing it, nobody can
stop you from providing from providing commercial Internet access in
Portugal (modulo you having the small change to finance it, and it actually
being legal to provide telecommunication services to third parties in
To answer your first question: how to get an IP address in Europe?
Assuming that a class C address is what you want, you should either
get one directly from the Internet service provider you connect to,
or what seems to be more appropriate in your case, you should contact
the RIPE NCC (n...@ripe.net) directly.
In Portugal, the PUUG doesnt
> even provide TCP/IP, only UUCP for news and mail transfer. So what can I do ?
> Can I go over PUUG and get another connection point in Europe ? Will I have
> the same problem ?
No, why should you? But do you have any idea what your telecommunication
costs will be if you have to finance an international line?
EUnet Switzerland Simon Poole
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