> In a few months, the network I operate is going to become
> multi-homed. I've just ordered the T1 from SprintLink and I know that
> they'll have no problem with BGP4 peering, or with the fact that I'll be
> multi-homed. My problem is with my existing NSP; fONOROLA. When I
> informed that that I would be going multi-homed, and asked them about
> peering this was their answer:
> > Due to our high level of interconnectivity, we carry over 6k routes
> > backbone. Not all will be available to you. We can only assure you
> > connect routes will be offered, namely AS2493 & AS812. Transit ASes
> > provided to you at this time on a guarenteed basis. If you use us as
> > default, this is not a problem, but I suspect you will not. We have
> > connectivity to CA*net, Rogers, UUNET, WorldLinx, MCI, ANS, and
> > cannot, at this time, ensure that all routes land on you. This kind of
> > routing transit service is not really intended as our usual service
> > offering, and it has a strong impact on our backbone design.
> Is this in any way reasonable? fONOROLA's primary connections to the rest
> of the world are MCI and ANS. If they can't provide transit to MCI and
> ANS, they are essentialy useless to me. Of perticular interest to me is
> their last statement. Would this actualy have a "strong impact" on their
I do wish you'd feel free to ask us these sorts of questions directly.
than happy to provide you with an explanation, and an honest answer based
on the facts
will go a lot farther towards providing you with a solution, than open
speculation on a
mailing list. But feel free to solicit opinions.
Language used in networking can be a bit confusing, since some of the aspects of
networking are somewhat subtle. I will send you a more detailed
explanation, but I
wanted to set the record straight in this public forum. The reason we cannot
guarantee transit AS connectivity is a direct result of not being your default
connection. If you select us as default, we can guarantee transit access. The
particulars behind that are technical; I will fill you in off-line, since that
information is proprietary. And yes, it really does have a strong impact on our
[ BTW, Matt, we are iSTAR internet, inc. (formerly fONOROLA i*internet).
our new name when referring to us, to avoid any confusion. ]
Ya, drop them, they just don't want to do it.
Nathan Stratton CEO, NetRail, Inc. Your Gateway to
[ Editorial mode on ]
Frankly, it is this sort of unenlightened, baseless opinion that gives
deserved reputation. It certainly doesn't reflect the level of
a reputable NSP should display, on this list in particular.
[ End of editorial mode ]