:When Sprint initially enacted peering requirements, I asked several
:UUnet employees whether they were planning to do the same. The answer
:was without exception that UUnet pursues peering with all technically
:qualified providers at all exchange points, because that results in
:the best connectivity for UUnet customers.

Actually I think this was once one of their boasting points.

Boasting is fine until economic realities start to affect your
bottom line. I always held to the opinion that stratification of
Internet is inevitable.

Neither it is a bad phenomenon per se -- it reflect shifing of Internet
being add-on service to being a core business of facilities based
telecom companies. The ultimate win will be a network which is a lot
more useful, with solid and sustainable business model.