Upstream BGP community support

Tony Varriale tvarriale at
Sun Nov 1 01:50:47 UTC 2009

The answer is fairly simple.  Does your business benefit by having the 
ability to modify routing strategy as you see fit?

Yes or no?

IMO, the answer is yes.  If your business partners aren't on the same page 
or align correctly with your requirements, seek new ones.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Andy B." <globichen at>
To: <nanog at>
Sent: Saturday, October 31, 2009 3:37 PM
Subject: Upstream BGP community support

> Hi,
> Quick question: Would you buy transit from someone who does not
> support BGP communities?
> Here is the story:
> My company is pushing several GBit/s through various upstream
> providers. We have reached the point where we rely on BGP communitiy
> support, especially communities that can be sent to the upstream to
> change the way he announces our prefixes to his peers/transits.
> While most decent upstream providers support this kind of traffic
> engineering, one of them refuses to send and accept BGP communities. I
> tried to contact my upstream several times through different channels
> to get some background as to why they would not be able to provide us
> this service, but all we get is tickets that get closed without an
> answer. Management itself does not seem to bother either.
> Is this normal or is it too much to ask for BGP communities from an
> upstream who has points of presence in the US, Europe and Asia?
> Andy

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