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Re: Cogent/Level 3 depeering

  • From: Joe Abley
  • Date: Thu Oct 06 22:38:52 2005

On 6-Oct-2005, at 19:38, Schliesser, Benson wrote:

Customers don't want to pay for a "stochastic set of relationships",
they will pay for the "Internet" however.
What is "Internet"? Let's channel Seth Breidbart briefly and call it the largest equivalence class in the reflexive transitive symmetric closure of the relationship "can be reached by an IP packet from". It should be clear that the nature and extent of this network depends very much on the perspective of the connected device from which is it measured.

It's like paying for a telephone that could only call a subset of the
world's telephone users.
... which is precisely what every telephone service you can buy in the world gives you, to varying degrees.

Do people in Spain complain that they can't call numbers starting with +350, and insist on getting money back from their monthly bill? Or do they accept that their government has an ongoing dispute with the UK over whether Gibraltar is in fact part of Spain?