Level3 leaves out little details like...

1> Of course Cogent won't notify their customers, while still in negotiation, it would cause the loss of customers, possibly for no reason, if an agreement was made.

2> Level3 does not disclose any information why they feel Cogent was getting a free ride on Level3 in stead of vice versa. Level3 claims they have a cost to take the data. But they leave out Cogent is a long haul carrier of data, and the majority of my traceroutes stay on the Cogent network for much longer distances for top performance and low latency. This is because Cogent has lots of free unused bandwidth, and has no reason to offload it to Level3, except when it is time to reach the Level3 customers.

I can't prove who was abusing peering. But Jsut because Level3 make a claim of what was and wasn't fair doesn't make that perception true. Its also possible that Level3 over values its network and under values Cogent's value. The truth is Level3 doesn't have as much capacity as Cogent or as good a performing network, so it hurts Level3 to give access to its network. Cogent often takes the bum rap, because they are the low ball in town, but that doesn't make them an abuser. I'm just saying, no prove has been provided that Cogent was abusing its peering relationship. Cogent has little motive to need to.

Theres an easy way to inforce someone abusing a peering arangement. Its called bandwdith management. Its called hard setting the amount of traffic that can go in each direction. To equalize a peering agreement, doesn't require a party to cancel a peering agreement.

The fact is they don't like comnpanies like Cogent that lowers the value of bandwidth, and gives consumers good deals, and makes it harder for Level3 to charge a premium.

Tom DeReggi
RapidDSL & Wireless, Inc
IntAirNet- Fixed Wireless Broadband

----- Original Message ----- From: "Frank Muto" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: "WISPA General List" <wireless@wispa.org>
Sent: Friday, October 07, 2005 7:53 PM
Subject: Re: [WISPA] Cogent - Level3 Current News

Level 3 Issues Ultimatum
Restores connectivity to Cogent until Nov 9

Posted 2005-10-07 19:15:54

After restoring connectivity to Cogent this afternoon, Level 3 has now
issued a press release (http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/68244) explaining
their side of the story
(http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/051007/laf057.html?.v=17). "Despite more than
75 days of advance written notice of the termination of our agreement,
Cogent apparently failed to notify its customers or make any business plans to prepare for disconnection," notes Sureel Choksi, executive vice president
of Level 3 Communications.

The restored peering arrangement won't last if Cogent isn't willing to
negotiate, however.

"Level 3 has, effective immediately, re-established a free connection to
Cogent. In order to allow Internet users to make alternative arrangements,
we will maintain this connection until 6:00 a.m. ET, November 9, 2005. The
effectiveness of this arrangement of course depends on Cogent's willingness
to maintain their side of the traffic exchange."

Frank Muto
Co-founder -  Washington Bureau for ISP Advocacy - WBIA
Telecom Summit Ad Hoc Committee
http://gigabytemarch.blog.com/     www.wbia.us

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