Andy Linton wrote:
But how do you measure "similar size"?
Is it to do with financial size or traffic volumes? You can have a small
company who has content that customers of a large ISP want e.g. webcams
pointing at LOTR premiere venues. Under the model of companies of the
same size that simply wouldn't happen.
I've always tried to avoid the term "interconnection" for two reasons:
1) On the Internet we're all interconnected - the question is how well?
2) Interconnection is telco speak for charging
Thompson's arguments ignore the presumably mutual benefits of peering,
so size doesn't seem to be a good criterion in this case.
Keeping customers happy would seem to be a better one, but hey, that's
just me... who happens to feel a bit miffed about being cut off from
e.g. IDG Net for most of Tuesday, without any notice or warning from
TelstraClear. Spanking your own customers to make a point is not nice.
Since most of the national networks in NZ belong to either Telecom or
TelstraClear, do I understand it right that there's no "route around"
solution to this?