routing around Sprint's depeering damage

Mikael Abrahamsson swmike at
Sun Nov 2 14:33:15 UTC 2008

On Sun, 2 Nov 2008, Rod Beck wrote:

> It is a short term issue that probably doesn't merit government 
> intervention

The only government intervention I can imagine as being productive would 
be to mandate what the "Internet" is, and if someone is selling access to 
it, mandate that customers can demand a refund in case the "Internet 
Access" doesn't provide access to enough a big part of it in a well enough 
working manner.

If two parties were both to lose enough money over cutting off peering, 
then perhaps they'd make sure there was a backup path that at least worked 
well enough to enable them to refuse to refund their respective customers.

I see lots of problems with definitions in this model, but it's worked 
(for some definition of "worked") in other areas and it might work here as 

Mikael Abrahamsson    email: swmike at

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