Re: Common carriers Re: A letter to Joe

Mark Baker (
Sun, 17 May 1998 19:20:09 -0400

At 02:22 PM 17/5/98 -0700, Dr. Ernest N. Prabhakar wrote:
>This really isn't as shocking as it sounds. The technical term is
>"common carrier." I believe it originally applied to railroads. If
>someone owned all the rails in a region, they were designated a common
>carriers, and required to carry trains belonging to someone else. This
>reduced the benefits of a vertical monopoly. Of course, it only worked
>if everyone had standardized on the same track sizes.

Good point.

Wasn't the x86 architecture recently deemed such by some court? I believe
the term used was "public good" - not sure. Intel has appealed of course.


Mark Baker.               CTO, Beduin Communications Corp
Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA