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Subject: UUNET Communications Service Available
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Date: Wed, 24-Jun-87 18:45:26 EDT
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                    UUNET General Information

     At the Winter 87 USENIX Conference in  Washington,  DC,  the
USENIX  Association announced the funding of the UUNET project on
an experimental basis. UUNET  became  operation  in  mid-May  and
currently has over fifty subscribers.

     UUNET is non-profit communications service that provides ac-
cess to USENET news, UUCP mail, and many standards (including the
Internet RFCs and comp.std.unix archives). UUNET  is  the  newest
experimental project of the USENIX Association and has the unpre-
cedented cooperation of DARPA.

     For this experiment, DARPA has authorized  the  use  of  the
Center  for  Seismic  Studies personnel, resources and communica-
tions facilities.  This allows UUNET to house its  host  computer
at  a  well-staffed and maintained computer center and to provide
the high quality services necessary for this project.   In  addi-
tion,  DARPA  has  authorized  use  of the ARPANET gateway at the
Center on an experimental basis to test the feasibility  of  mail
forwarding between ARPANET and non-ARPANET sites.

     This is the first time a joint project like  this  has  been
initiated  and  the experiment will be carefully conducted to as-
sure that all ARPANET and  Center  policies  are  followed.   The
technical  results  of  the experiment will be presented to DARPA
for their consideration of the long term possibilities of contin-
ued  interconnection  and  to USENIX for their funding considera-

                     Why Should I Subscribe?

1) Cost: If you are currently paying for long distance  calls  to
     send  uucp  mail or news, then you should save a substantial
     amount of money in communications costs.

2) Reliability: UUNET exists as a communications relay.  It  will
     never  be  unavailable  because some other project needs it.
     Nor will it be unavailable because no one has  the  time  to
     maintain  it.  It  is  run  as a dedicated service, not as a
     sideline nor as a favor to other sites.  The number  of  in-
     termediate  hops  for news and mail will be greatly reduced,
     thereby increasing the reliability.

3) Availability: UUNET will be the best connected news machine in
     the country.  _A_n_y_o_n_e can be directly connected to a backbone
     site and not have to depend on the  kindness  of  others  to
     redistribute  newsgroups  that  are  important  to  you.  Of
     course, you may have a full newsfeed, a partial newsfeed, or
     none  at  all.  You  get what you are willing to pay for. (A
     full news feed would cost about $175 per  month  in  connect
     time.) UUNET will always carry all newsgroups. This includes
     any new news categories that may appear other than those  in
     the _s_t_a_n_d_a_r_d set.

4) Accessibility: UUNET has been authorized to function as an AR-
     PANET mail gateway. Gateways to other networks and mail ser-
     vices will also be set up. UUNET can also act as the ARPANET
     mail forwarder for your domain.

5) Archives: UUNET will make available for uucp access an  exten-
     sive  archive  of  publicly  available  UNIX  software. At a
     minimum, this will include the latest GNU software, the  la-
     test  Kermit  distributions  (for  many  cpu types, not just
     UNIX), all the ARPANET RFCs, the latest UUCP map information
     (updated  daily from the master copy), access to the Simtel-
     20 archives, and the netlibd archives at  Argonne  (EISPACK,
     LINPACK, etc). Again, you pay only for the cost of transfer-
     ring the software. You will never again have to worry  about
     how  to obtain software that is _a_v_a_i_l_a_b_l_e _f_o_r _p_u_b_l_i_c _f_t_p. It
     will be made available for you to uucp.

                        How Does It Work?

     Operationally, UUNET consists of a 10 processor Sequent  B21
located  at the Center for Seismic Studies in Arlington, VA.  The
system is connected to Tymnet via a high-speed  leased  line.  It
can  easily  handle  25 simultaneous uucico transfers and will be
upgraded to match demand. It is administered by the  same  people
who are currently administering _s_e_i_s_m_o (everybody's favorite mail
relay...).  Operations personnel are on site 24 hours/day  Monday
-  Friday and someone is always on call on weekends. Availability
and reliability of the system will be high. The system  is  dedi-
cated to UUNET and has no function other than as a communications
relay.  Currently the UUNET machine is tightly coupled to _s_e_i_s_m_o.
This  means that having a connection to UUNET is effectively hav-
ing a connection to _s_e_i_s_m_o, i.e. a well connected news  and  mail
relay.  The UUNET system is now fully operational.

     To access the UUNET system from within  the  United  States,
you  dial  a local phone number (from thousands of US cities) and
connect to Tymnet.  You are then connected to UUNET via the  Tym-
net  X.25  public  data  network.  International sites may access
UUNET via  direct  host-to-host  X.25  connection.    No  special
hardware  or  software  is required (other that the standard UNIX
UUCP programs).  The connection to Tymnet is made with  an  ordi-
nary modem (V.22bis/Bell 212A/Bell 103).  Accessing UUNET will be
as easy as with any other UUCP connection.

                       What Does It Cost?

     The cost is $3 per hour  of  connect  time  during  off-peak
times  ($5  per  hour from Hawaii). Off-peak times are 6:00 PM to
7:00 AM Monday - Friday and all day Saturday  and  Sunday.  (Your
time  zone is used to determine peak or off-peak time, not neces-
sarily the time zone in which the UUNET system is located).  Time
is charged by the minute, with a 3 minute minimum per connection.
It is anticipated that most traffic will take place  during  off-
peak  rates.   Access is available during peak rate times at sub-
stantially higher rates ($20 - $32 per hour  depending  on  loca-
tion).  UUNET  can  also  call  you for $20 per hour.  There is a
membership charge of $30 per month (less than $1 per day) to cov-
er administrative costs.


     As previously mentioned, USENIX has funded UUNET for an  ex-
perimental  period.  Currently funding exists through November 1.
To offer these services at these prices, UUNET  must  generate  a
large  volume  of traffic. If a large enough volume of traffic is
seen by the middle of October, USENIX will spin off the UUNET ex-
periment  into  an  independent non-profit organization that will
continue the service with the same basis. If a large  enough  in-
terest  is  not  shown  to  allow  UUNET to recover its operating
costs, USENIX will regrettably have to discontinue funding.

     If your organization has come to depend on  electronic  mail
and  news  as part of its daily business, you need a professional
communications service that you can depend on. If you are consid-
ering  subscribing  to  UUNET, please do so soon. If enough early
support is not shown, the service may not be available  when  you
decide you need it.

For a subscription form or for further information, please contact:
                           Peter Salus
                          P.O. Box 2299
                       Berkeley, CA 94710
                         +1 415 528 8649

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