BBN Peering issues

Jared Mauch jared at
Wed Aug 12 14:08:09 UTC 1998

	The issue seems to be better adressed
as follows:

	Should "Tier 1" providers insist on private peering rather
than public?

	It's a complicated issue, as there is zero fabric loss
across a customer/private interconnect circuit.  The ability to deliver
such traffic provides a better service with only one place to put the blame,
on a full circuit, rather than a congested exchange point, where you can
blame the exchange point operator, and both providers involved for
overcomitting their network capacity into the exchange point.

	It provides a much more managable connection model as to
provide the best quality of service because of the state of the
exchange fabrics.

	The question that looms then is should they discount their
connection if it will be peering-only rather than normal transit?

	That is a bit more complicated issue and needs to be adressed 
between you and the provider(s) in question for your invididual case.
All BBN/GTE, and i'm sure every other network provider out there are
concerned about is the ability to exchange traffic with the least
amount of loss.

	If none of their customers complain, you're less likeley to
get anything.

	Host the next hot web site on the internet, the yahoo,infoseek,,'s.

	those will get you more notice.  If you're not going to dump more
than 10Mbps of traffic shared across all the points, I would just buy
a connection.  You're obviously sending this traffic somewhere now.

	- Jared

On Wed, Aug 12, 1998 at 09:39:46AM -0400, Adam Rothschild wrote:
> > If anyone would like to communicate privately about the BBN Peering issues,
> > please drop me an email, or call.
> I would like to communicate openly and publicly about this.
> What I would like more than anything right now is some official word from
> high-up's at BBN regarding what this policy entails exactly, and what
> their rationale is behind it.  
> That is, a public explanation other than the all-too-obvious "We're
> greedy.  Welcome to the business world.  We're not going to change our
> minds, so shut the fuck up and buy some transit, you dumb suckers."
> Though I must admit that what I've heard may be biased, as I've heard from
> the opressees moreso than the opressors, this sounds like an issue driven
> by sheer stupidity and capitalism on BBN's behalf.  Certainly does not
> seem to be in their best interest, or the best interest of the Internet as
> a whole.  Of course, I could be mistaken, which is why I'd like some word
> from BBN.
> Rather than limit this issue to within the confines of private
> communication, I would like to see it carried out as a very vocal and
> lively public one.  That way, the general public will be able to make an
> educated decision regarding whether or not to purchase transit from
> BBN/GTE, in light of this.
> Regards,
> Adam

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