Traffic Engineering

Jay R. Ashworth jra at
Wed Sep 17 20:02:48 UTC 1997

On Wed, Sep 17, 1997 at 12:23:38PM -0700, Josh Beck wrote:
> > Are there any major potholes in this theory that I'm missing?
> 	A big problem here is that ISPs differentiate themselves based on
> who they buy bandwidth from. An ISP that has a T1 to CRL, say, benefits
> greatly when a larger competitor gets a T1 to CRL as well, but the larger
> competitor doesn't benefit if they already have multiple T1s and T3s to
> the larger backbones themselves. A better idea is a miniature NAP for the
> ISPs in each large metropolitan area for exchanging local traffic.

Forgive me, I guess I didn't phrase it well enough, as that's what I
was trying to suggest.  Although, I suppose, the exchanging, and the
access to the backbones are two different things, the latter may well
be more salable than the former, even though the former is better for
the net at large.

-- jra
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