Cogent: Reclassify ISPs As Common Carriers Under Title II
In a bit of a clever public relations dance, Cogent has issued a press release
stating that while the company refuses to pay companies like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast new peering tolls, they will pay the costs incurred by those companies to ensure there's adequate capacity at interconnection points. Cogent has been at the heart of more than a few debates over settlement-free peering, usually when the levels of traffic exchanged aren't equal.
In the release, Cogent again claims that major last-mile ISPs are intentionally letting their peering points saturate in order to kill off the concept of settlement-free peering. As such they've called on the FCC to reclassify ISPs as common carriers under Title II, and like Level 3 and Cogent states they want to see peering relationships tackled under any new net neutrality rules. And here's Cogent's offer to ISPs:
To be clear, Cogent is not offering to enter into paid peering arrangements with these or any other networks. Rather, Cogent is simply willing, at this time, to incur the capital costs associated with augmenting its interconnections with these networks to address the current level of traffic congestion. Cogent believes that these major telephone and cable companies are attempting to leverage their monopoly on broadband residential Internet connections to increase their profits by imposing tolls on traffic requested by their customers and delivered by other Internet service providers.
The catch? Cogent CEO Dave Schaeffer is on record stating that in many instances the equipment to handle this capacity already exists on the ISP end, it simply hasn't been turned on
because of ongoing peering disputes:
In some cases, Verizon has actually purchased and installed the necessary equipment to upgrade ports, but not turned it on, according to Schaeffer. "They actually put it in, so they spent the money, but they just politically have not been willing to turn it on in order to ensure that Netflix will not work as well as Redbox," he said.
As such, Cogent likely feels that since this capacity already exists and simply isn't being used, there won't be much of a bill should carriers take them up on the offer.
Re: Middle man is gone
said by tito79:I sure hope not. Without the middleman, the internet as we know it would be a loose collection of fragmented walled gardens.
The middle man will be no longer
That is, unless every content provider, dedicated server provider, colo and datacenter, wants to peer individually with every network on the planet. That would make my $DAYJOB a nightmare. Right now, dealing with 5 transits (carriers) is more than enough to keep up with.
if Cogent wasn't the Dollar Store of ISPs they wouldn't have companies like Netflix look for other peering arrangements. Quit blaming others and asking the government to force companies to use your crappy services and you know FIX you crappy service and maybe you wouldn't lose business.
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Re: if Cogent wasn't The operators networks to the end-user is paid for BY THE END-USER!!!
"Speak for yourself "Chadmaster" - lesopp
Re: if Cogent wasn't In the telco world, it's the other way around... the one terminating the call (traffic in this case) is one paid.
For Cogent, they attract clients by being cheap. With Netflix, that's bit them on the ass because they've sold bandwidth they cannot deliver. Everybody knows this and isn't going to give them a free pass.
I **REALLY** don't want to see the country fall back into the complete insanity that is tariffed pricing -- gov mandated contract rates are what made T1's a thousand dollars.
Why Don't Large ISPs Participate in Public Open Peering? While I'm not the greatest fan of Cogent (they've played the peering game too), I really dislike how certain large last mile ISPs have refused to participate in open IXs.
In the EU, none of the major providers have any problem joining AMIS-IX, DE-CIX, or LINX.
Yet Cogent Does the SameCry me a river Cogent.
traceroute to www.he.net (2001:470:0:76::2), 30 hops max, 80 byte packets
1 * *
8 * *
9 2001:550:1:312::1 (2001:550:1:312::1) 2.204 ms !N *
They even made you a cake.
Boynton Beach, FL
Settlement Free Peering Did I miss the part where Cogent is saying they are going to "settlement free" peer with their customers, like NetFlix? I mean, Cogent's "infrastructure" is already paid for...