I think the geek crew at TCL today probably have about
opinions as to what makes a good network good as we had back when we
had our hands in the routers in AS4768.
The geeks certainly know what makes a good
network and nearly all (probably
all in fact) would agree
that good domestic peering is an important part of what makes a good
Internet network provider. So
don't hold the "geeks" responsbible for this de-peering action.
I suspect that any de-peering that is going on at TCL
is based on
business decisions which are not made by the geek crew. I don't think
it's reasonable to attribute this stuff to those people.
My guess at what the "business desicion" logic behind such a move is, is
feel that they have a sufficient enough market share of the Internet
customers in NZ
such that giving other providers free domestic access to their customers
does not recover
any of the cost that they are/have outlayed to build a nationwide network,
fibre backbone etc etc.
I don't personally agree with this attitude, if it is true. In fact, in my
opinion, it goes
against the spirit of the Internet as a whole. However the reality of todays
Internet is that
people are trying to make money out of it now!
I have recently approached XTRA about peering for the 5th time on my life
received the same answer - "no". Mind you the answer is always "no"
you ask :)
What is XTRAs or Global Gateways' position on domestic peering?
My current understanding is that TCL is just taking a stance that is already
taken by others.