Gordon Cook cook at Mcs.Net
Thu Sep 8 13:39:34 UTC 1994

That is an interesting response.  Provider P could be PIPEX right?  And 
that makes it seem to me that I undserstood correctly what Steve Wolff 
meant when he implied that a foreign net might get better connectivity 
from a NAP.

Yet public an private response to this question have NOT uniformly shared 
this interpretation.  Why?  Because I guess folk out their don't clearly 
understand.  Wouldn't it be helpful for Steve Wolff to come out with an 
official policy statement on this matter, or at least to endore what you 
just wrote as official policy??

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On Wed, 7 Sep 1994, Peter S. Ford wrote:

> Gordon,
> 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.
> peter

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