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Re: Sprint v. Cogent, some clarity & facts

  • From: Patrick W. Gilmore
  • Date: Tue Nov 04 10:52:10 2008

On Nov 4, 2008, at 9:49 AM, David Freedman wrote:

2. The Internet cannot "route around" de-peering
I know everyone believes "the Internet routes around failures". While
occasionally true, it does not hold in this case. To "route around" the
"failure" would require transit. See item #1.

The internet "routes around" technical failures, not political ones.

If two transit free networks have a technical failure which disables all peering between them, the Internet cannot route around it.

Intention is not the gating factor here. Intention just -guarantees- a problem exists, turning off BGP sessions and/or light is still the base problem. :-)