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Re: tiers? (fwd)
From: owen () DeLong SJ CA US (Owen DeLong)
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 1997 18:32:06 -0700 (PDT)

Does everyone agree with this, it's the only response I have received 
thus far (and according to the list, the sender works for a tier 1 provider).

[snip]

Tier 1: _Owns the fiber_, Multiple coast to coast paths of significant bandwidth
I don't think OWNS THE FIBER applies, but the rest is valid.  I think a major
connotation to Tier 1 is "DEFAULT FREE"... That is they do not need a default
route to handle routes they don't receive through peering relationships.

Tier 2: Reseller, Major connections (DS3/OC3) to multiple tier 1 providers.
      Possibly: Major connections to one (1) tier 1 provider.
Tier 3: Everybody else.




Anyone care to take a stab at what places a provider in 
a given "tier-group"?  Seems to me as though the large(st) 
providers are a bit harsher (naturally) than the smaller 
providers.






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