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alternative if no persistant host name?

hi Niece,
I've been told many times that AT&T will not continue with the host names, such as However, (and is still be ing 
name served (with the incorrect ip address). They are currently serving the MAC based host 

I suspect that they will not provide static IP addresses for residential service. 

One of the key issues for me is the port numbers. 

I suspect that they will eventually offier the tiered services that they have mentioned in the past:
1. Low bandwidth, low cost.
2. Residential standard (what we now have).
3. SOHO - Residential plus some features, such as DNS service for host names and static ip.
4. Business - higher bandwidths. 

One reason for not having static ip addresses is as their subscriber base changes, they can more 
easily split segments and renumber. It is much simpler for routers to handle a range of addresses. 
On 7 Mar 2002 at 8:13, linux lover wrote:

> hello,
>     i know there has been discussion about ATTBI and
> the service we will get if we have servers running
> (i.e. web servers, etc), does anyone know what are the
> alternatives?
> will we be able to get a persistant host name 
> (i.e. does this mean a static
> ip?   how much will it cost?
> what services will we get if we get the static ip
> address?
> what service will we get if we can't run a server?
> what is the inexpensive alternative?
> thanx  Niece
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