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Re: Info on MAE-EAST
From: Robert Laughlin <robert () portal dx net>
Date: Fri, 17 Jan 1997 09:48:11 -0500 (EST)

On Thu, 16 Jan 1997, Jeremy Porter wrote:
I almost would venture a guess that the whole value in public
interconnects is largely dead, due to the restrictive peering polices
in place by the larger networks, and the lack of interest/clue in
smaller providers.


My own experience is that the vast majority of networks at the MAE's 
are happy to peer with DataXchange.  The present system of n*(n-1) 
negotiations and the lack of easy to obtain contact information makes the 
process much more difficult and time consuming than it has to be.  I 
recently spoke with the new Director of CIX about this, and she agreed 
that CIX would setup a database to make this process a bit easier, by 
listing the contact information of those networks who *do* wish to 
generally peer.  Of course the largest networks will not participate, as 
lately it seems to be a matter of pride to have the most restrictive 
peering policies.  But for the rest of us, it will make life a little easier.

Regarding "having a clue", I find nearly every MAE connected network 
to have knowledgable and capable people, who just usually have more to do 
than time to do it.  I do not think the size of the network corralates 
well to the "clueness" of the personal.

Best Regards,
Robert Laughlin    
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