BellSouth to join bidders to run planned NAP station
several companies and groups vie to play host to a Network Access
Point here, BellSouth is jockeying to get a leg up to land the job.
at BellSouth are talking with some "tier one" companies
about joining them in hosting a Network Access Point, popularly known
as a NAP a data relay station for the Internet, said Spero
Canton, BellSouth spokesperson.
names of the companies are not being released, he said, they include
other telecom companies and Internet providers.
would manage the facility, he said.
of these companies have expressed an interest in being involved in
the generation of the NAP," Mr. Canton said. "We are trying
to see now if it's economically feasible. Then we wilith making a
said no deadline has been set for companies to respond. BellSouth
will not release company names, he said, but the talk of the town
is that the facility is in northwest Miami-Dade.
BellSouth gets to manage the NAP, Mr. Canton said, it would generate
revenue by charging management fees and connection charges to companies
that use it.
announcement comes a few months after BellSouth executives protested
a bid award the county granted to AT&T to install pay phones at Miami
International Airport. BellSouth representatives claimed the bid officer
had a conflict of interest. The protest was denied by county commissioners.
Canton said BellSouth's interest in hosting a NAP is not to reinforce
ties with the county.
don't think there is any wedge between BellSouth and the county,"
Mr. Canton said. "We came to terms on a very amicable basis."
Internet Coast a group of Internet company executives, and
representatives for educational institutions and economic development
corporations in the tri-county region are trying to lure a
NAP to Miami's Park West.
NAP could possibly be housed in a 700,000-square-foot Park West facility
proposed by Terremark and the Miami Heat.
two entities have announced plans to develop the telecom building.