Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Level 3 takes spat with Comcast public

Level 3 takes spat with Comcast public

For those not familiar with peering relationships, this is from Wikipedia:

Peering is a voluntary interconnection of administratively separate Internet networks for the purpose of exchanging traffic between the customers of each network. The pure definition of peering is settlement-free or "sender keeps all," meaning that neither party pays the other for the exchanged traffic; instead, each derives revenue from its own customers.

Peering requires physical interconnection of the networks, an exchange of routing information through the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) routing protocol and is often accompanied by peering agreements of varying formality, from "handshake" to thick contracts.

The relationships between these networks are generally described by one of the following three categories:

Transit (or pay) – You pay money (or settlement) to another network for Internet access (or transit).
Peer (or swap) – Two networks exchange traffic between each other's customers freely, and for mutual benefit.
Customer (or sell) – Another network pays you money to provide them with Internet access.

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