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Re: SBC/AT&T + Verizon/MCI Peering Restrictions
Playing devil's advocate here...There is one scenario where the content.provider is paying the carrier as well - when the content.provider is a direct customer of the carrier, rather than being either a SFI-peer or a customer of an SFI-peer. This of course goes back to the question of depeering/transit/etc which we beat to death a couple of weeks ago - many carriers want to get paid both by the sources and sinks of traffic (it's certainly an understandable, if unlikely, desire). I would just like to point out for the record that none of the recent depeering battles have involved any RBOCs...
But what if (assuming a new generation of peering agreements came into being)...
They allowed SELECTIVE depeering... say... by Customer?
So SBC could depeer Google...
(assume here the SBC wants Google to become a customer and isn't actually competing with Google as an SE guy).
And assume that the FCC/Courts will take a few years to deal with the issue.
I think it might be able to happen. What would a Google do? Anywhere it moves its bits, SBC would just drop them/ignore them. SBC is running a private network with some interconnections as far as SBC is concerned, and barring any wild lawsuits from customers and assuming an amendment to its TOS... You could selectively depeer BIG guys... that aren't SO big that your customers will mass defect..
So maybe Google isn't the right example. Maybe real.com is a better one. Would you lose many customers if real.com wasn't available to them? I bet not. But would real be willing to pay you $4K a month to keep access to your network??? probably.
Just a thought.