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Re: Cogent/Level 3 depeering

  • From: Jeff Shultz
  • Date: Wed Oct 05 14:35:36 2005

Matthew Crocker wrote:

I opened a billing/support ticket with Cogent. I'm not planning on paying my bill or continuing the contract if they cannot provide full BGP tables and full Internet transport (barring outages). Luckily I have 2 other providers so I can still reach Level 3.

I'm curious where in your contract you think Cogent guaranteed you connectivity to Level 3?

Undereducated rant to follow...

While I realize that the "nuke survivable" thing is probably an old wives tale, it seems ridiculous that "the Internet" can't adjust by routing any packets that used to go directly from Cogent to Level 3 though some 3rd (and) 4th (and) 5th set of providers that are connected in some fashion to both...

Level 3 and Cogent can't be operating in a vacuums - if we can get to Kevin Bacon in 6 degrees, Level 3 and Cogent should be able to get to each other in under 30 hops through other providers.

And why isn't this apparently happening automatically? Pardon the density of my brain matter here, but I thought that was what BGP was all about?

I welcome any education the group wishes to drop on me in this matter.

Jeff Shultz