Generation of traffic in "settled" peering arrangement

Mike Leber mleber at
Mon Aug 24 20:09:00 UTC 1998

On Mon, 24 Aug 1998, John Curran wrote:
> p.p.s.  As noted, departure from shortest-exit is also another approach
>         which may provide some answers to this situation, but that's a
>         different topic which deserves its own thread.  This message 
>         is simply noting that settling for peering traffic is quite 
>         viable, despite assertions to the contrary regarding traffic
>         generation.   As long as you're billing the senders on your
>         network for increased usage (and handing it off shortest-exit),
>         increased traffic is good thing.   

Nothing you've said refutes the fact that transaction based settlements
encourages waste.

You've effectively pointed out that when properly billed it can be a pass
through situation for the networks and only web hosting clients will
suffer the brunt of the waste.

The ability to generate waste in this system legitimately and non
fraudulently is purely limited by your creativity.  The use of smurfs as
an example (non legitimate and fraudlent) is an easy to knock down straw
man.  A large of amount of legitimate and non fraudulent traffic, orders
of magnitude larger than existing traffic flows, in any quantity desired,
can be generated in either direction to achieve whatever revenue flow you

This in effectively provides networks the open ended ability to extract
cash from compeititors web hosting customers.

In fact it could result in the situation where, for the same amount of
actual sales online, it is more expensive to host at network A than
network B because network B happens to have a large net index project that
indexes content on everybody ELSES network.  Don't like "net indexing"? 
Use any other suitable traffic generating application, there are plenty. 


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