/27 the new /24

Jeremy Austin jhaustin at gmail.com
Fri Oct 9 03:24:41 UTC 2015

On Thu, Oct 8, 2015 at 3:25 PM, James Jun <james at towardex.com> wrote:

> If you want choices in your transit providers, you should get a transport
> circuit (dark, wave or EPL) to a nearby carrier hotel/data center.  Once
> you do that, you will suddenly find that virtually almost everyone in the
> competitive IP transit market will provide you with dual-stacked IPv4/IPv6
> service.

The future is here, but it isn't evenly distributed yet. I'm in North
America, but there are no IXPs in my *state*, let alone in my *continent*
-- from an undersea fiber perspective. There is no truly competitive IP
transit market within Alaska that I am aware of. Would love to be proved
wrong. Heck, GCI and ACS (the two providers with such fiber) only directly
peered a handful of years ago.

> If you are buying DIA circuit from some $isp to your rural location that
> you call "head-end" and are expecting to receive a competitive service,
> and support for IPv6, well, then your expectations are either unreasonable,
> ignorant or both.

Interestingly both statewide providers *do* provide both IPv4 and IPv6
peering. The trick is to find a spot where there's true price competition.
The 3 largest statewide ISPs have fiber that meets a mere three city blocks
from one of my POPs, but there's no allowable IX. I'm looking at you, AT&T.

Jeremy Austin
Whitestone Power & Communications, Alaska

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