said by rocca:
Roughly, Hurricane takes 45%, Bell 25%, Cogent 20% and TorIX/other peers about 10%
That may be the case but Cogent and Bell are not represented at all in outbound routes from my connection.
Here are some examples where HE is being used even though Cogent would provide a better route.
Here is a route to a Nuclear Fallout (Internap) VPS in Chicago:
I know the VPS is announced through Cogent and this is the route I took when with Cogeco:
For whatever reason, even though Cogent is supposed to be used as one of the transit provides my route goes Start --> HE --> XO --> Internap, rather than Start --> Cogent --> Internap. Latency is the same either way but the current route includes an extra AS hop.
Another example. The New York Watchmouse monitor station:
This route also goes out via HE despite being reachable more directly by Cogent. See my route when with Cogeco.
Current route goes Start --> HE --> Time Warner Telecom --> Turnkey, rather than Start --> Cogent --> Turnkey
So for whatever reason HE is being heavily favoured and used exclusively on the outbound (from my connection anyway).