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Re: OpenTransit (france telecom) depeers cogent

  • From: Richard A Steenbergen
  • Date: Thu Apr 14 12:28:45 2005

On Thu, Apr 14, 2005 at 11:28:00AM -0400, dgolding@gmu.edu wrote:
> Richard,
> 
> Its easy to accuse people of criminality - that's what you just did. How 
> about some proof?
> 
> Cogent's ratios are very very bad. That's why some people don't like 
> peering with them. Being sent to sales is a common, if regretable tactic 
> in depeering. However, dealing with Cogent on peering matters is 
> incredibly unpleasant. I can understand networks and peering 
> coordinators feeling that it just isn't worth it.

No, you got me wrong. I wasn't suggesting that anyone was doing anything 
criminal. I was suggesting that Cogent was now so large that if any of the 
folks who were pissed off at Cogent's disruptive pricing actually wanted 
to make an impact against them, they would need to get together and take 
action collectively.

Teleglobe tried to depeer them, but ended up needing Savvis to transit the 
bits to maintain global reachability, which cost them a pretty penny while 
costing Cogent nothing. In the end, they promptly re-peered. 

I could certainly see anti-Cogent folks making the point that Cogent has 
amassed a customer base of people who are fully prepared for poor or 
partial connectivity, and who just don't care because of the price point. 
In the game of who can stick their fingers in their ears and hum the 
longest, I think Cogent will win. At least, if they continue to take on 
networks who don't like them one-at-a-time, and continue the policy of 
complete unreachability during depeering. :)

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