How big is the Internet?

Jay Ashworth jra at
Fri Aug 16 00:02:41 UTC 2013

----- Original Message -----
> From: "Warren Bailey" <wbailey at>

> I neglected to say one additional thing which I think may be worth reading
> before replying. I have always held the opinion that internet traffic
> isn't internet traffic until it hits the Internet, which I defined as
> two or more autonomous systems functioning on their own but possessing the
> ability to relay information between the two. I'm pretty sure that if
> you have a single network, you couldn't label it "inter" unless "inter"
> was between yourself - and then you have a network.. Not an internetwork.

I suspect that, to a first approximation, "traffic which passes through the
edge of at least one AS" is probably what most people think of as 'Internet'

As for your DNS question: the interior query isn't, per-se, but the 
repeated one from your resolver/proxy *is*.

-- jra
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