Michael Dillon michael at
Sat Aug 22 04:06:32 UTC 1998

On Fri, 21 Aug 1998, Owen DeLong wrote:

> Sure, but only the assymetry that results from BBN customers ASKING for more
> than they OFFER.

Or is it the asymmetry that results from Exodus customers OFFERING more
than they ASK FOR?

I don't think one of these views has any claim to precedence over the
other. Just because long distance phone calling introduced the purely
artificial concept that the initiator of the transaction pays for it does
not mean we should analyze IP traffic in the same way. In the past we have
considered the initiator of IP transactions to be irrelevant and had
no-charge peering for networks that basically send a similar number of
bytes to what they receive.

So what do we do when that is no longer the case? 

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