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RE: Peering Agreements

  • From: Daniel Golding
  • Date: Thu Dec 13 17:23:28 2001

Having been through protracted sessions of due dilligence, involving an ISP
with a large number of peers, and many peering contracts, the general rules
about them seem to be...

1) The vast majority of lawyers, especially those who specialize in peering
matters (and they are actually a few), regard bilateral peering contracts as
useless instruments for purposes of securing or maintaining peering, due to
the ever-present cancellation clauses.

2) Some folks, usually those largely unfamiliar with peering, place unusual
weight on the presense or absence of BLPAs. This can sometimes include
lawyers who are unfamiliar with peering, as they are almost always unaware
of the cancellation clauses.

3) Peering contracts are most useful in their addendums and attachments, as
a method of establishing agreement about parameters of peering, such as
locations, circuit sizes, who is paying for which circuits, etc. This can be
useful, as these agreements tend to survive past the employment of those who
negotiated them. Otherwise, there can be confusion about the details.

The key is, if you are just getting started peering, you will frequently be
presented with other folk's peering agreements. Attempting to negotiate
terms or wording of the pre-existing BLPAs is both pointless and a waste of

- Daniel Golding

> -----Original Message-----
> From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]]On Behalf Of
> Robert Tryce
> Sent: Thursday, December 13, 2001 3:00 PM
> To: [email protected]
> Subject: Peering Agreements
> I have a question on public peering agreements. I have seen some providers
> using them while others are not. What is the general opinion on peering
> agreements? Are most peering agreements used mainly for private peering?
> Also, what are the pros and cons and what kind of protection should I
> expect from such an agreement?
> Thank you in advance,
> Robert Tryce