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Re: The Gorgon's Knot. Was: Re: Verio Peering Question
On Fri, 28 Sep 2001, Vadim Antonov wrote: > The reason for being very sensitive about routing tables was that ICM part > of things had quite arcane routing policies; and ability of AS1800 boxes > to process updates in a timely fashion was quite vital for keeping > US-Europe Internet connectivity up and running. Yeah, I know. Sometimes Sprint ICM was part of Sprint, other times it was that "other" network Sprint just happened to manage. > Marketing at that time was so clueless about Internet that they couldn't > even pronounce "routing filter", and definitely couldn't make a marketing > blitz out of it. Sprint kept the filters on for years afterwards. It may have taken the clueless salespeople a few years, but they eventually did figure out how to recite the magic words "buy your circuit from sprint and you won't have problems with filters" was a way to win a sale. And who could forget the popular "Don't buy a circuit from small ISP, because they won't be able to get past the Internet filters." I went through a half-dozen Sprint sales people in different parts of the country, and by 1996 or so they all had the spiel down pat. I know, I should have taped their sales calls.