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RE: routing around Sprint's depeering damage

  • From: Mikael Abrahamsson
  • Date: Sun Nov 02 09:34:53 2008

On Sun, 2 Nov 2008, Rod Beck wrote:

It is a short term issue that probably doesn't merit government intervention

The only government intervention I can imagine as being productive would be to mandate what the "Internet" is, and if someone is selling access to it, mandate that customers can demand a refund in case the "Internet Access" doesn't provide access to enough a big part of it in a well enough working manner.

If two parties were both to lose enough money over cutting off peering, then perhaps they'd make sure there was a backup path that at least worked well enough to enable them to refuse to refund their respective customers.

I see lots of problems with definitions in this model, but it's worked (for some definition of "worked") in other areas and it might work here as well.

Mikael Abrahamsson    email: [email protected]