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ISP-Planet: Telco Data Goes Open Source

May 05, 2004, 08:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Alex Goldman)

"By day, Paul Timmins is a networking a security engineer for a small- to mid-sized software company (150 employees). But when he goes home, he enters the mysterious universe of telco language. Isn't that like work too?

"No. Not for someone whose hobbies include Ham radio and open source software.

"Timmins runs the Telcodata website, which contains data on switches, COs, and rate centers (and much more). 'I needed the information one day and found it was there, but it was damned near impossible to get it for free,' he explains. He obtained the data, put it in a database—and a friend asked for access to the database.

"'The next thing you know, I'm getting 12,000 hits a day,' he says..."

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