The `Father Of The Net' Has A Problem Child

Vint Cerf is wrestling with runaway growth on MCI's network

Amid the clutter in Vinton G. Cerf's office are a number of wood and brass alligators. Cerf, an early developer of the Internet and now a senior vice-president at MCI Communications Corp., says they have been given to him by friends over the years. Why? It stems from an old story about the engineer who is sent out to drain a swamp but finds it infested with alligators. He's so busy fighting off the gators that he forgets his original mission.

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