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[ NNSquad ] Re: Peering dispute cuts off Sprint<->Cogent Internet traffic
- To: Barry Gold <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Subject: [ NNSquad ] Re: Peering dispute cuts off Sprint<->Cogent Internet traffic
- From: Wes Felter <email@example.com>
- Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2008 17:19:11 -0500
- Cc: NNSquad <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Here's a good article on the situation:
Barry Gold wrote:
OK, so what has happened to the "treats censorship as damage and routes
around it" Internet?
It hasn't existed for a long time.
Even if Embarq and Cogent are no longer talking to
each other, the routers should be automatically finding routes via other
carriers and sending the packets -- around Robin Hood's barn if
necessary, but the Internet is supposed to be _robust_.
I disagree. Let's imagine that I'm a customer connected to both Sprint
and Cogent. Technically there is a path between them -- through my poor
little router (maybe this is what you meant by "around Robin Hood's
barn"). But I don't want to carry that traffic, because I'm paying for
those links to carry *my* traffic, not other people's. Backbones will
tell you the same thing; they'd be happy to carry traffic between Cogent
and Sprint as long as somebody pays for it.
Are these guys programming their routers to just drop packets with
certain destination IP addresses, instead of finding the shortest
There are routes, but they're not "available" because they haven't been
I'm beginning to think that Congress (or perhaps an international body
similar to the WTO) should make the core RFCs (IP, TCP, BGP, FTP, HTTP,
SMTP, and RFC 822) have the force of law. And anybody who violates
those protocols should be fined and/or have their connections turned off.
The standards allow this behavior, so that approach won't work. If you
want to regulate peering and interconnection, just say that. (BTW,
"depeering" still exists in the heavily regulated PSTN and TV markets:
Wes Felter - email@example.com