BBN Peering issues

Forrest W. Christian forrestc at
Sat Aug 15 07:47:22 UTC 1998

I'm sorry, I must be missing something here.   

Let's assume for a minute that the following figures provided by exodus
are even close to correct:

> 1.85% of our TOTAL OUTPUT goes to BBN.
> We estimate that to be between 10-30% of BBN's TOTAL INPUT.

The way I'm reading this is that if the BBN <-> Exodus link is severed,
Exodus looses 1.85 percent of their hits.   Not an appreciable dent.

On the other hand, BBN's customers can't get to 10%-30% of the web content
they want. 

Now, who should be paying who?

I'll tell you right now that if I was BBN, I'd remember that I'm getting
10%-30% of the traffic that my customers want from exodus, and I'd
definately not want to piss them off (neither my customers nor exodus). 
After all, it's the BBN customers REQUESTING the data from exodus, not the
other way around.  The fact that exodus is willing to carry the traffic
cross-country both ways and pay for the circuit costs between them and bbn
seems almost over-courteous to me. 

- Forrest W. Christian (forrestc at 
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