Re: Sprint v. Cogent, some clarity & facts

From: Barrett Lyon (no email)
Date: Mon Nov 03 2008 - 11:49:07 EST

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    Sprint Reconnects Cogent, but Differences Are Unresolved
    Mikael Ricknäs, IDG News Service

    Monday, November 03, 2008 7:50 AM PST
    On Sunday Sprint Nextel reconnected its network with Cogent
    Communications after severing it earlier last week. The reconnection
    is only temporary, as the core issues in this dispute have not
    changed, Sprint said in a statement to its customers.

    As a result, it is again possible for Sprint customers and Cogent
    customers to directly communicate across the Internet. Data supplied
    by Keynote Systems confirms that the two networks are again
    communicating with each other.

    Sprint's view of what led up to its disconnecting from Cogent
    Communications on Oct. 30 differs substantially from what Cogent has

    In shutting down the peering between the two, Sprint violated a
    contractual obligation to exchange Internet traffic with Cogent on a
    settlement-free peering basis, according to Cogent. But that's just
    fiction, according to Sprint, because at no time did the two enter
    into an actual contract.

    In 2006, Sprint and Cogent formed a trial agreement that ended in
    September last year. A three-month commercial trial indicated that
    Cogent didn't meet the minimum traffic exchange criteria agreed to by
    both parties, according to Sprint. As a result, settlement-free
    peering was not established, Sprint said.

    Instead, Sprint wants Cogent to pay for its ongoing connection to the
    Sprint network. But despite repeated collection attempts by Sprint,
    Cogent has not done that. Nonpayment on Cogent's part is the reason
    Sprint decided to disconnect from Cogent last week, a process that had
    started on Oct. 7, and shouldn't have come as a surprise for Cogent,
    Sprint said in its customer statement.

    What happens next remains to be seen. The two operators are involved
    in litigation over the matter. Sprint filed a lawsuit against Cogent
    on Sept. 2 in Fairfax County Circuit Court in Virginia for breach of

    On its part, Cogent said it wants settlement-free peering with Sprint.

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