by Darius Kazemi, December 22 2019

In 2019 I'm reading one RFC a day in chronological order starting from the very first one. More on this project here. There is a table of contents for all my RFC posts.

24/7 support

RFC-356 is titled “ARPA Network Control Center”. It's authored by Ralph Alter of BBN and dated June 21, 1972.

The technical content

The Network Control Center (mentioned previously in RFC-218) is basically the help center that BBN runs for the ARPANET. If you are experiencing network troubles and you think the Interface Message Processor is the source of the issue, you should call them on the phone.

This RFC announces that the help center is now operating 24/7, and that people who call in should now be less likely to get a busy signal.

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I'm Darius Kazemi. I'm an independent technologist and artist. I do a lot of work on the decentralized web with ActivityPub, including a Node.js reference implementation, an RSS-to-ActivityPub converter, and a fork of Mastodon, called Hometown. You can support my work via my Patreon.