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Re: Peering Table Question

  • From: Peter Galbavy
  • Date: Mon Apr 24 06:00:33 2000

> They detailed private and public peering (see their tables).  They did it
> using MIDS which did 1.2 million traceroutes from various beacons located
> thruout the Internet.
> Very easy to determine who is a tier-1 and tier-2 ISP.

I still do not understand what this pseudo-marketing distinction is. May I
conjecture, in the light of the current discussion, that a "tier 1" ISP is
one which makes a net profit from "peering" and a "tier 2" is one that does
not ? Or is it that a "tier 2" ISP has real customers ?