BBN Peering issues

Jay R. Ashworth jra at
Mon Aug 17 22:13:30 UTC 1998

On Sat, Aug 15, 1998 at 09:49:06PM +0000, Michael Shields wrote:
> "Forrest W. Christian" <forrestc at> wrote:
> > After all, it's the BBN customers REQUESTING the data from exodus, not the
> > other way around.
> This argument goes around and around every time.  Unless you have a
> customer relationship with Exodus or BBN there is no point in arguing
> about what should happen with this particular case, and there is no
> point at all in arguing about what is the morally correct thing for
> the general case.  The only way to determine the value of connecting
> network A to network B, in either sign or magnitude, is for A and B to
> negotiate a price, which may even be zero.  And that's what's
> happening here, albeit in a unusually painful and visible way.
> If you have an opinion and are a customer of BBN or Exodus, tell them
> your opinion.  Otherwise there is no need to care.

I disagree.

Precedent, m'boy, precedent.  There _is_ a reasonable derivation from
the available facts, or at least a pattern to create one... _if_ people
who have to make the judgement call don't see fit to toss it in the

-- jra
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