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  • From: David Diaz
  • Date: Mon Nov 13 21:31:39 2000

At 8:35 PM -0500 11/13/00, Daniel L. Golding wrote:
That depends what you consider IOPS to be. Take your choice:

a) Secret internet routing cabal. So secret, no one can figure out what
they do.

The cabal makes jokes "Officially there is no cabal."
In reality the fact is that peering is a trust event. You are trusting the engineers at another (competitive) network with connectivity to yours. This also includes the ability to affect your network in the most extreme ways. I believe it became human nature to trust some of the early internet engineers. An engineer with a track record of running a stable network was worth of trust (ie peering).

The opposite is also true. Any engineer/network that was constantly flapping would quickly be likely to be dropped as a peer.

Does this seem unfair?


Thank you,
David Diaz
Chairman, iCEO
International Wire Communications, Inc.
email: [email protected]
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