Sprint v. Cogent, some clarity & facts

Larry Sheldon LarrySheldon at cox.net
Tue Nov 4 12:45:20 CST 2008


Patrick W. Gilmore wrote:

>> From a technical standpoint, the Internet is always suffering from 
>> multiple
>> political failures. This leaves it vulnerable to small technical 
>> failures it
>> could otherwise route around.
> 
> See above.  I do not think it is a "political failure" that I do not 
> give you free transit.

We3 have, I think, a reality failure.

The terminology comes from ARP and UUCP days.

The reality comes from today, where traffic flows, as a maximum, between 
nodes that think there is something it for them to allow it to flow.

If a packet has evidence of "fare paid" flows.

End of story.

The difference between "peer" and "transit is the coin used to pay the 
fare.




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