carrier comparison

Seth Mattinen sethm at rollernet.us
Thu Feb 6 16:34:44 UTC 2014


On 2/6/14, 7:17 AM, Adam Greene wrote:
> Hi,
> 
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> 
> We're a small ISP / datacenter with a Time Warner fiber-based DIA contract
> that is coming up for renewal. 
> 
>  
> 
> We're getting much better pricing offers from Cogent, and are finding out
> what Level 3 can do for us as well. Both providers will use Time Warner
> fiber for last mile.
> 
>  
> 
> My questions are:
> 
> -          Will we be sacrificing quality if we spring for Cogent?
> (yesterday's Cogent/Verizon thread provided some cold chills for my spine)
> 
> -          Is there a risk with contracting a carrier that utilizes another
> carrier (such as Time Warner) for the last mile? (i.e. if there is a
> downtime situation, are we going to be caught in a web of confusion and
> finger-pointing that delays problem resolution)?
> 
> -          How are peoples' experiences with L3 vs TWC?
> 
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> Although I assume everyone on the list would be interested in what others
> have to say about these questions, out of respect for the carriers in
> question, I encourage you to email frank opinions off list. 
> 
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> 
> Or if there are third party tools or resources you know that I could consult
> to deduce the answers to these questions myself, they are most welcome. 
> 
>  


Short answer: multihome.

~Seth



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