The future of NAPs & IXPs

etignor at rhsmith.umd.edu etignor at rhsmith.umd.edu
Thu Apr 15 19:07:42 UTC 1999



I would like to know what net professionals think about the future of NAPs &
IXPs.

Given UUNET's inclination to peer only with national backbone providers, what is
the future of settlement free peering arrangements?

Will non-profit, cooperative organizations that require multilateral peering to
participate (LINX) survive or thrive going forward, or will we see more for
profit NAPs run by Sprint and co. run the non-profits out of business?

Will co-operative IXPs proliferate in regional markets?  Will this give small
ISPs, acting collectively, more leverage with the larger carriers (Exodus and
GTE )?

I know these aren't truly operational question, but peering and transit is an
issue that will have an impact on the international infrastructure and may
result in increased regulation in the future.  Are there other lists where
people might have some thoughts about these issues?
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