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Re: Verio Peering Question
From: "Majdi S. Abbas" <msa () samurai sfo dead-dog com>
Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2001 09:01:12 -0700


On Fri, Sep 28, 2001 at 09:34:21AM -0400, Patrick W. Gilmore wrote:
Plus, I maintain is hypocritical to argue that the Internet will collapse 
if networks do not filter because aggregation is absolutely necessary, 
while simultaneously accepting and passing longer announcements, whether 
you are paid to do it or not.

        I do not see any hypocracy here, except perhaps your own.  Verio's
publicly stated position in the past has been:

        *) Verio will accept prefixes that meet a certain critera from the
        world, and they will accept and propagate the prefixes that their
        customers pay them to accept, however, they do not guarantee to
        their customers that OTHER people will accept those prefixes.

        Sure, they filter, but they invite THEIR peers to filter them, as
well.  I don't see any hypocracy in that.

And arguing that since everyone should filter it does not matter what you 
announce is not an argument, it is a poor rationalization for hypocrisy.

        How can you rationalize something away when it does not exist?
If Verio filtered their peers, but not their customers, and then demanded
that everyone else accept all of their customer prefixes, that might be
hypocritical.  Since they don't, I don't see a problem here.

Listen, Dorian, you are a bright guy, and so is Randy, and so is Alex.  But 
clued or not, claiming something is "The Right Thing [tm]" does not make it so.

        Patrick, neither does claiming that such filtering /isn't/ "The Right
Thing."  And I find your prior argument that filtering is hurting the 
business of Verio as completely laughable -- clearly the open filtering policy
is what made providers such as Priori and Onyx (USA) such a success.  Someone
with your, shall we say, `colorful' job history should be well aware that 
engineering policy has little to do with the success or failure of an ISP.

The Internet is where it is today because people pumped billions of dollars 
into it.  (Mostly to get pr0n. :)  Many of these people require robust, 
high performance connectivity to the Internet, which can best be guaranteed 
through multiple connections to multiple providers.  And they are willing 
to pay for it.

        And the people who pumped billions of dollars into it are welcome
to protect their assets, their network, and their customers as they choose.
I do not yet have the ego required to claim that Verio's--or anyone's
equipment is in the public domain.

Providers who ignore these requirements do so at their peril.

        Again, please either put a retread on this tired business argument
or drop it, it's wearing a bit thin.

If you have a better way for people to get robust, high performance 
connections, please submit it.  I do not think filtering is bad because I 
had a vision from ghod, I think it is bad because it does not let the 
people paying for all these nice toys, and pushing all these 100s of Gbps, 
do what they want to do.  Do what they NEED to do if we are to continue 
having an Internet.

        Doesn't it?  Filtering does not prevent these people from doing 
what they wish.  It simply establishes guidelines for how they do it.
There is -no difference- between filtering on /25-and-longer and 
filtering as Verio does.  The former modifies behavior by asking that
people refrain from announcing anything smaller than a /24.  The
latter simply filters prefixes based on registry allocation policy.

You can argue that they want what is bad for them, and you may be 
right.  But I argue that requiring smaller companies and providers to have 
a single connection will cause them more downtime and worse performance 
than allowing the global table to fill with the longer announcements.

        How does this require that they single-home?  I have no idea
where this paragraph came from, but in the context of this post, I 
guess that's not a new feeling.

        --msa


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