Generation of traffic in "settled" peering arrangement

Owen DeLong owen at DeLong.SJ.CA.US
Mon Aug 24 19:12:51 UTC 1998

> At 11:00 AM 08/24/1998 -0700, Owen DeLong wrote:
> >...
> >Except, John, that you ignore the fact that you have basically required
> >anyone who wants to put a high-bandwidth server on your network to accept
> >other people writing a blank check for them, regardless of the legitimacy
> >of the hits they receive.
> Owen,
>   Clarify...  right now, many organizations with high-speed connections
>   to the Internet pay based on usage (including traffic sent).  Doesn't
>   anyone on a usage-sensitive leased-line connection pay based on the
>   traffic regardless of the "legitimacy" of the hits received?  Isn't 
>   this why we all hunt down SMURFers?
> /John
To some extent that's true.  However, as a counter-point, consider such
sites as sunsite, wustl,, etc.  I doubt those sites would
continue to exist in a solely bandwidth sensitive pay-as-you-go world.
I think they count on flat rate connectivity to be able to continue
to exist.  I don't think the elimination of those sites (and many others
like them) would benefit the net.  Do you?


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