On Wed, 30 Oct 1996 08:26:58 -0600 (CST) (Alan Hannan) alleged:

  You are assuming that the goal of all internet service providers
  is to have the best connectivity possible, without respect for
  cost, administrative overhead, or market strategy.

True :slight_smile:

  If X is really really big, and Y is really really small, then
  perhaps it would benefit X to have Y as a paying customer instead
  of as a peer.

  The word peer implies equals, as it has so long been repeated.

  If provider X is missing 0.01% of the market share, and provider Y
  is missing 20% of the market share, who will be more upset, I

Well I feel that the 2 providers mentioned are both reasonably sized enough
to peer with each other, judging a peering policy on how many NAP's
one is connected to is, in my opinion, the policy of the mad.