Ratios & peering [was: Level 3 Communications Issues Statement Concerning Comcast's Actions]

John Curran jcurran at istaff.org
Tue Nov 30 06:46:05 CST 2010

On Nov 29, 2010, at 11:47 PM, Patrick W. Gilmore wrote:
> BTW: The attempt failed.  Dave @ Above got Exodus & Global Center to agree to pull a Cogent if GTEi pulled a Level 3.  GTEi blinked, and the rest is history.

Patrick - 

Your summary is incorrect. To be perfectly clear on the history: In 
summer of 1997, GTEi did indeed have a dispute with Exodus regarding 
traffic levels on peering interconnects, and indicated that it would 
cease peering.  On 16 Sep 1998, the dispute was resolved when Exodus 
signed an agreement with GTEi which was covered by non-disclosure at
Exodus's request[1][2].

> Peering is a business relationship.  If your company can make more or spend less by peering with another company, you should do it.  If you do not consummate that relationship, you are hurting your business.  This should be the only reason to peer or not peer.

Correct, and indeed that was basic principle in operation during the 
GTEi/Exodus peering dispute.

CTO Emeritus 

[1] <http://www.internetnews.com/xSP/article.php/44421/Exodus-GTE-Increase-Traffic-Exchanges.htm>
[2] <http://www.merit.edu/mail.archives/nanog/1998-09/msg00373.html>

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