Verizon Public Policy on Netflix

Matthew Petach mpetach at netflight.com
Fri Jul 11 21:39:32 UTC 2014


On Fri, Jul 11, 2014 at 12:52 PM, Scott Helms <khelms at zcorum.com> wrote:

> Matt,
>
> No one said anything of the sort and now you're trying to redirect.  You
> said, "There *are* some fundamental basics that are necessary to function
> as an ISP; having an AS number and being able to speak BGP are pretty
> much at the top of the list."  This is false, that's all I said nothing
> less and nothing more.
>
> I never made any statement about this list nor do you hear very many of
> the folks who work at those companies on here.  My company has several ASNs
> for both historical and operational reasons, all I am pointing out is that
> you're taking a more limited view of what an ISP is in an eyeball network
> context and that view is inaccurate.
>
>
Scott,

I think the problem here is one of terminology, then.
You seem to be discussing "ISP" as a business model;
I'm talking about "ISP" as a network entity.  Regardless
of your business model, from the network perspective,
if you do not have an AS number, you don't exist as a
separate entity.

So, I will grant you that you can print business cards that
list you as an ISP without having an AS number.  But from
the perspective of the network, you don't exist as a separate
entity; the only "ISP" involved in routing those packets from
the perspective of the BGP-speaking core of the internet is
your upstream.

I suppose we'll just have to agree to disagree on this
topic, as it's all just a matter of how we define what an
ISP is.

Thanks!

Matt


>
> Scott Helms
> Vice President of Technology
> ZCorum
> (678) 507-5000
> --------------------------------
> http://twitter.com/kscotthelms
> --------------------------------
>
>
> On Fri, Jul 11, 2014 at 3:42 PM, Matthew Petach <mpetach at netflight.com>
> wrote:
>
>> I'm sorry.  This is a networking mailing list, not a
>> feel-good-about-yourself mailing list.  From the perspective of the
>> internet routing table, if you don't have your own AS number, you are
>> completely indistinguishable from your upstream.   Period.  As far as BGP
>> is concerned, you don't exist.  Only the upstream ISP exists.
>>
>> Matt
>>  On Jul 11, 2014 12:33 PM, "Scott Helms" <khelms at zcorum.com> wrote:
>>
>>> Matt,
>>>
>>> They're providing DSL, cable modem, BWA, or FTTx access to residential
>>> and business customers.  They belong to various service provider
>>> associations and they're generally the only ISPs in the areas they serve.
>>>  They're ISPs by every definition including the FCC's.  Having an ASN does
>>> _not_ make you an ISP as most of the organizations that have one are not,
>>> nor would they class themselves that way.
>>>
>>>
>>> Scott Helms
>>> Vice President of Technology
>>> ZCorum
>>> (678) 507-5000
>>> --------------------------------
>>> http://twitter.com/kscotthelms
>>> --------------------------------
>>>
>>>
>>> On Fri, Jul 11, 2014 at 2:55 PM, Matthew Petach <mpetach at netflight.com>
>>> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Sure.  We call those companies "resellers".  Or, if they actually do
>>>> bring some additional value to the table, they're VARs.  Not ISPs.
>>>>
>>>> Matt
>>>> On Jul 11, 2014 10:37 AM, "Scott Helms" <khelms at zcorum.com> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> Matt,
>>>>>
>>>>> That's simply not true, if it were then several million US subscribers
>>>>> wouldn't have access to the Internet at all.  There are _lots_ of small
>>>>> providers that serve rural America (and Canada) that have gotten their IPs
>>>>> from their transit provider rather than ARIN, are single homed, and have
>>>>> never considered getting an ASN because it doesn't do anything for them.
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> Scott Helms
>>>>> Vice President of Technology
>>>>> ZCorum
>>>>> (678) 507-5000
>>>>> --------------------------------
>>>>> http://twitter.com/kscotthelms
>>>>> --------------------------------
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> On Fri, Jul 11, 2014 at 12:31 PM, Matthew Petach <
>>>>> mpetach at netflight.com> wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>>> On Thu, Jul 10, 2014 at 8:46 PM, Jima <nanog at jima.us> wrote:
>>>>>>
>>>>>> > [...]
>>>>>> >  I guess I'm just glad that my home ISP can justify anteing up for
>>>>>> a pipe
>>>>>> > to SIX, resources for hosting OpenConnect nodes, and, for that
>>>>>> matter, an
>>>>>> > ASN.  Indeed, not everyone can.
>>>>>> >
>>>>>> >      Jima
>>>>>> >
>>>>>> >
>>>>>> I'm sorry.
>>>>>> If your ISP doesn't have an ASN,
>>>>>> it's not an ISP.  Full stop.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> There *are* some fundamental basics
>>>>>> that are necessary to function as an ISP;
>>>>>> having an AS number and being able to
>>>>>> speak BGP are pretty much at the top
>>>>>> of the list.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> If you cannot manage to obtain and support
>>>>>> an AS number as an ISP, it is probably time
>>>>>> to consider closing up shop and finding
>>>>>> another line of work.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Matt
>>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>
>


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