Re: routing around Sprint's depeering damage

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Date: Sun Nov 02 2008 - 16:09:04 EST

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    Repent repent, for the end is near.

    People like to say that the Internet interprets (censorship,
    monopolies, clue deficits, et al.) as congestion, and routes around --
    but they got the causality exactly backwards. The Internet is an
    epiphenomenon of the possibility of bypass, which enables "cost
    discovery," which enables cost-effective routing -- at least wherever
    bypass is possible.

    But bypass is only possible where someone has invested in alternate
    paths, and those kind of investments (no matter how large or small)
    have been almost always been entirely contingent on positive
    regulation of the pro-competitive kind... That is to say, the kind
    that the US pioneered but subsequently abandoned, the kind that Japan
    and Korea et al. subsequently adopted (and which still holds), the
    kind that many countries in Western Europe et al. have adopted even
    more recently... and which still holds.*

    Those who are currently willfully violating the conventional routing
    services distinctions would be wise to be patient a little longer; the
    only thing you'll buy now is cartelization, regulation of which may
    not ultimately favor your interests. Those who are currently actively
    attempting to kill bypass altogether would be wise to be desist; no
    one is going to think that the idea/expectation/requirement of
    multiple, fully redundant fiber entrance to every residence is
    anything other than absurd, so the rhetoric of "facilities based
    competition" is about find to its proper place in the ashcan of history.

    Work it out, or else someone else will do it for you. And they won't
    be entirely clueless if it comes to that.


    *re: the latest NANOG iteration of the AU debate: nothing that the
    ACCC could have done would have made any major difference, because
    Antipodeans speak English, and ever since 1999 the continent has been
    captive to whatever CIT could/did (i.e., couldn't/didn't) do. Bu that
    may be changing too...

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