Thanks for letting us know. I got to meet Robert
Lucky when he was at
Bellcore in the mid-1990s and visited us at U S WEST Advanced
Technologies in Boulder, CO. He said Bellcore spent years designing a
public internet-like system at scale but their #1 concern was where
content was going to come from. They secured preliminary deals with
some content-providers, which at the time were the newspapers and wire
services, but the whole system was scrapped when the internet took
off, as we know it today. By far their biggest surprise was the
volume of content that originated from end users (e.g. web sites);
they didn't see that coming at all.
That sounds like AT&T connect! I remember working on it in the late
80's, it was based on IPX/SPX, X400 mail and an X500 directory
structure. In fact I think that was the identity system that Novell used
for the later NDS directory system to replace the trusty rusty Bindery.
It was all supposed to run on ISDN lines to consumers and would be the
ultimate market/info place all lovingly run and curated by AT&T. Then of
course those meddling kids at FTP released PKTDRV......
Anyone else remember this?