Peter S. Ford peter at
Thu Sep 8 06:22:55 UTC 1994


The regionals are responsible making sure that they provide access and
transit to/from the NSFNET NAPs to all of the regional's US R&E
customers as part of their cooperative agreements with NSF for RNP
support.  If they have an agreement with an NSP then presumably their
NSP will be encumbered by the regional to meet this condition.

Thus, if NSP N is provisioning regional R, then N must touch down at 
all NAPs and advertise connectivity to all of R's  R&E customers and 
accept traffic to R's R&E customers at the NAPs.  If a provider
P pays for a connection to the NAP, then it should be able to peer 
with N for the purposes of getting traffic to/from R's R&E customers.
Traffic  between N and P for traffic other than R's R&E traffic is 
not part of the deal.   Presumably this "other" traffic would be 
part of a broader inter-provider agreement between N and P.

The goal for the above is to provide a reasonable level of
non-discriminatory access to the US R&E community that is being
supported by the NSF awards to the RNPs.


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