The burning question for state/regional networks at present is deciding who the “thou” in the above quotation represents. Is it the NSF, the NREN, or, in the case of Bill Schrader's (of Performance Systems, Inc.) now famous quotation, “follow the money,” is it the commercial client? Is the objective of the regional network to find a niche market with long‐term survival value? Is it to stay in business long enough to address the needs of our academic customers and then retire more‐or‐less gracefully when no longer needed? Or is it to try to become a full‐service organization with long‐term viability?
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