William B. Norton wbn at
Wed Jan 19 22:22:39 UTC 2005

Peering Coordinators attending NANOG in Las Vegas -

We have a very exciting (and very full) Peering BOF agenda...Let me give 
you a flavor for what we are doing this year.

At 9PM we'll start out with a "State of the Peering Internet" and, with the 
audience, identify a few key trends and the most pressing issues of the 
Peering Coordinator Community.

Next we repeat last year's highly successful "Great Debate", this time on 
the topic of "Remote Peering : the good vs. the bad and the ugly". Remote 
Peering is peering without a local physical presence : tunneling ethernet 
frames across the ocean over MPLS into a peering fabric for 
example.  Stephen Wilcox has graciously stepped up to present the con 
position - the bad and the ugly of remote peering. I have a couple 
volunteers to present the pro position, but I would prefer to have a 
Peering Coordinator that is actually using remote peering to advocate its 
use. If noone volunteers I have two backup debaters that have agreed to 
present the pro side of the debate and to debate Stephen on this matter. At 
the end, the audience will vote by show of hands for who made the more 
compelling case. If anyone would like to volunteer a prize for the winner 
please let me know ;-)

Next, Richard Steenbergen will briefly share his Peering Coordinator 
community work with, a resource for Peering Coordinators to 
obtain and share contact information.

We will finish off with the Peering Personals, a chance for Peering 
Coordinators to introduce themselves to the group, talk about their 
network, what they are looking for in a peer, where they peer, their AS# 
and contact info, etc.  I will use the RSVP form below to make sure that 
the relevant information is ready for Peering Coordinators in the audience 
to jot down in case they don't meet up with the speaker. We have found in 
the past that Peering Personals is very effective in facilitating peering.

If you are a Peering Coordinator and would like to participate in Peering 
Personals, it is a great way for others to put a face to a network and AS, 
and to meet the North American Peering Coordinator Community. Please fill 
out the following form and e-mail to me (wbn at We only have 
time for about 10 Peering Coordinators, so please respond asap:


Check each that applies:

___ We are an ISP (sell access to the Internet)
___ We are a Non-ISP (content company, etc.)

___ We are Content-Heavy
___ We are Access-Heavy

___ Peering with Content Players or Content Heavy ISPs is OK by us

___ We generally require peering in multiple locations
___ We will peer with anyone in any single location

___ We have huge volumes of traffic (lots of users and/or lots of content) 
(huge: > 1 Gbps total outbound traffic to peers and transit providers)
___ We have a global network
___ We require Contracts for Peering

Current Peering Locations: _______________________
Planned (3-6 mos) Peering Locations: _______________________________

After the BOF we will break for beers and exchange of business cards.


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