> When the TLA's are expanded into their actual meanings, Metropolitan Area
> Exchange, and Network Access Point, there does not appear to be a great deal
> of difference between the two, except that one is a term that MFS Datanet
> started, and the other is one that the government sited as the term for the
> exchanges they were helping to fund/promote.
I've also heard a rumor that at least part of the convention was due to the MAE
being called Metropolitan Area Ethernet which was, again, I believe coined by
Andrew Partan of UUNET.
I think I told John Hardie a couple years back (when MAE-East) went
to FDDI) that we could still use MAE as Metro Area Exchange.