Advice on dealing with Sprint

On Thu, 26 Sep 1996 15:57:06 -0700
Vadim Antonov <> alleged:

When i was at Sprint it was customary to ask customers to
provide some assurance that routing information Sprint takes
from them is going to stay sane. That was usually achieved
by asking customers to send in their border configurations for
review by SL engineering, and some formal criteria (like "no
unfiltered IGP to BGP redistribution") was applied and said
configuration had problems worked out before the actual peering
was enabled.

Anyway, that automatically made every customer with BGP to go
down SCA (Special Customer Arrangement) route. I think sales
didn't like that, for whatever reason, and i saw several attempts
to make BGP peering a regular sale during my tenure there.
I guess they succeded after coming with some "guidelines", but
without any understanding of the issues involved.

Somehow i became a big fan of Dilbert back then.

When you were at Sprint, I was at Demon and we BGP peered with
Sprint first using NetBSD/sparc IPX's with Morningstar PPP
then using BSD/OS and RISCOM N2 cards. One thing that I remember is
that your routers went insane _far_ more often that ours did.

INSC were never much use and the only way we got things done was to
and Sean where always very helpful.