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Re: The Gorgon's Knot. Was: Re: Verio Peering Question

  • From: Sean M. Doran
  • Date: Fri Sep 28 20:39:23 2001

Sean Donelan writes:

| Ding, Ding, Ding, we have a winner.  We didn't need the filters, but
| it got more money by filtering routes, so it kept them.
| Although many people suspected that was the reason, Sprint's sales
| and marketing people denied it for years.

Because some of them, unlike you, understood (or at least were told)
that we DID need the filter, otherwise the Internet would start
becoming too expensive to continue growing.   

The entire Internet, not just Sprintlink.

I realize that this is hard for you to wrap your brain around
when you're in a rant against an evil corporate behemoth, but
try just for a second to believe that people can act altruistically
and in self-interest SIMULTANEOUSLY.

| They said buy your circuit from Sprint and you can bypass Sprint's "save
| the Internet" filters. 

That was true.  However, if they said it would bypass anyone else's
filter, or that there was zero chance of anyone else installing a
similar filter, that would be a lie.   Well, almost -- not many
similar filters got installed.  Blame Sprint's then-competition
for being too stupid to protect their market share (and incidentally
simultaneously act altruistically!).

| If you asked a Sprint sales guy why Sprint had
| the filters, the answer was generally along the lines "if Sprint didn't
| have the filter, the Internet would collapse."

That was true.