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Re: Cogent/Level 3 depeering

  • From: David Barak
  • Date: Thu Oct 06 08:36:34 2005
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--- "Patrick W. Gilmore" <[email protected]> wrote:

> It is strange that people have to be reminded no
> network has the  
> "right" to use any other network's resources without
> permission.   
> Most people realize this in one direction.  For
> instance, the "tier  
> ones" love to point out Cogent has no "right" to
> peer with Level 3.   
> Absolutely correct.
> What some people seem to forget is that Level 3 has
> no right to force  
> Cogent to buy transit to get to Level 3.

This is where you lost me: if there is no obligation
for an SFI between them, then each player absolutely
can force the other to buy transit to reach them.  The
way it plays out is this: whichever player's customers
are more upset about the inability to reach the other
will force that player to blink and either buy transit
or make some other arrangement.

The term "peering" is useful to describe SFI, because
there is an implied equivalence between the players:
i.e. it would hurt them both equally to partition.  As
was said by someone earlier, if it is more valuable to
one party than the other, the business relationship is
skewed, and ripe for a conversion to a
settlement-based interconnection.

> P.S. Does anyone else get that Baby Bell feeling
> whenever someone  
> talks about being a "Tier One"?

heh.  I'm certain we're about to see the Nth iteration
of the "who's a Tier One Provider" discussion, and
I'll repeat: there are two contexts for "tier one" -
marketing and routing.  In marketing, everyone with a
big, national network is a tier-one.  In routing,
definitions differ, and whatever definition is used,
it's a smaller set than the marketing bunch...

David Barak
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