From The Editor - The Internet Protocol Journal - Volume 1, No. 3

The Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) was first standardized in 1988. It quickly became a de facto management standard, not only for Internet technologies, but for a wide range of applications. Like many early Internet protocols, the first two versions of SNMP did not include provisions for security. In 1996, two different proposals for security enhancements to SNMPv2 were put forward, with strong proponents behind each. Everyone agreed that the industry needed just one solution, and therefore work proceeded to incorporate the best features of the two security proposals for SNMPv2. The result is SNMPv3, and it is described in this issue by William Stallings.

As the Internet continues to grow, demand for high-speed access for residential users is increasing. Alternatives to traditional dialup service include Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) services, wireless solutions, and various television technologies. In this issue, we examine two aspects of Internet access using TV technologies. First, Mark Laubach gives an overview of cable modem technologies and standards, and discusses some deployment issues. In the second article, George Abe looks at the emerging digital television standards and how they could be used to provide Internet access.

The Internet lost one of its most respected pioneers when Jon Postel passed away on October 16, 1998. Jon was well-known as the Director of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) and as the editor of the Request for Comments (RFC) document series. Included in this issue is "I Remember IANA," a tribute to Jon Postel written by his longtime friend Vint Cerf. The remembrance has also been published as RFC 2468.

With that we have come to the end of 1998 and the end of Volume 1 of The Internet Protocol Journal. We wish you a pleasant holiday season and will be back with Volume 2, Number 1 in March 1999.

Ole J. Jacobsen, Editor and Publisher