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Re: Current street prices for US Internet Transit
Or, perhaps the better question is. How can one justify the cost of _public_ peering when fiber cross-connects are $200-$300/month each. That is at least 20-40 fiber direct connects [twice that if you & your peers split the cost of cross-connects]. If you only need 1Gb/s of cross-connect capacity you can take a 3x50 switch [or use it as a router] and terminate all of the peering sessions on it or via VLAN-trunking directly on your real router [C/J/what have you]. Your hardware cost is marginally increased and your capacity is MANY times larger.With these US street prices in mind, how can anyone justify paying prices of some commercial exchanges (the last offer I got from PAIX Palo Alto was USD 5500 per month for a FE port about a year ago, and Equinix Ashburn was not much cheaper). Please note: I'm not talking of the technical advantages of peering.
I don't think there are too many exchanges anymore that have 80+ active peers. If you do participate in such an exchange, have 80 peers on it, and don't exceed a single port's speed, shame on you. :)