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[ih] Origination date for the Internet

>   Did the CIX pioneers not realize, at the outset, that using a router 
>as an interconnect would make things odd in an (ahem) dynamically 
>evolving business environment?

My recollection of CIX was that it was more of a political move than a
technical one.  It was a lot harder for networks to demand high
interconnect fees when the other network could say, never mind, we'll
go through CIX.  The performance would be lousy, but that's OK, since
now the customers of the network who wanted the money would complain
about it.