DrPeering: Notification: The 111 8th Street Lesson

Hey DrPeering -
What Internet Exchange Point has the best redundancy and lowest downtime?
Sal Petersen

The Emerging Video Internet (part 1)

DrPeering -

What’s the big deal about video?  We are Peering coordinators. Bits are bits, right?

Angela Kinsey


Net Neutrality: Practical or Political?

Net Neutrality:  Practical or Political?

Ray the Hoster

DrPeering -

In this economy, we are all nervous about spending money. Our exec team is stuck like a deer in headlights, requiring assurances that we never needed in the past. Do you have any advice about investing in infrastructure in this economy?  I just don’t see our exec team moving on anything.



Wallace -

We were speaking of data centers at a VC dinner just last week and I got to tell my favorite data center story - the Ray the Hoster story.

...Dr Peering and the White Paper Process

Dear DrPeering -

Where do you get the information for the peering white papers ?  

How do you distinguish fact and fiction ? 

Are the white papers ghost written ? 

Do the Ask.DrPeering articles go through the same process as the white papers? 

Does writing the white papers make you an authority on peering?

--- interested parties


Asia Boomerang

Dear Dr Peering,

How Peering has changed

Dr Peering - 

What has been the most significant change in Peering in the last 7 years?



Hank - Thanks for the question.

I would have to say that the most significant impact on the peering ecosystem over the last 7 years has been the peering behavior of the cable companies.  Here is the transition as I saw it.

In the early days, @Home handled pretty much all of the Internet activities for the cable companies, and until it went bankrupt, it had a highly selective peering policy.  

Paid Peering and Net Neutrality revisited

Dr Peering

You seemed to have stirred up quite the flame war with your Paid Peering and Net Neutrality article. What’s is going on?



It appears that at least one person is under the mistaken impression that DrPeering went to the FCC to lobby for the regulation of peering, paid or otherwise. This could not be further from the truth. On the contrary, DrPeering, very publicly, raised a warning flag that section 106 of the NPRM describes a rule that appears to come strikingly close to the heart of peering.

Transit provider selection and peering strategy

Dr Peering -

We are looking to start peering.  Does transit provider selection have any impact on our peering strategy?

Alton Brown


In some cases, selecting the right upstream transit provider can increase your chances of obtaining peering. From “The Art of Peering: Tactic #5...

NBC vs. Veoh--The Verdict is In

On September 14, a California federal judge sided in favor of P2P Video service Veoh and blocked NBC Universal’s attempts for its copyright infringement suit to continue. Per Judge Matz, Veoh is now, and has been, behaving in line with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and has been doing a reasonable job of removing protected material from its site once informed that infringing material had been posted. This precedent may force the hand of content owners to come up with a new method of enforcing their copyrights vs.

Why Peer when Transit is $2/Mbps?

DrPeering -

Why bother peering when I can buy transit at $2/Mbps?

Steve Rzenberg


Steve -

The decline of transit prices has been going on for a long time and the story is always the same; when considering only the financial benefits (cost savings), peering makes sense when you can peer away a large enough volume of traffic for free to offset the cost of peering.

Let’s build a simple example.

Letter of Intent=Fail

Hi DrPeering -

When should a colocation provider deploy a peering switch fabric for its customers?

Margie42 [at] Wresting [dot] org


I will save you a lot of time and effort by sharing the experiences of one IX who used the “Letter of intent” strategy.

Success-based marketing - get “Letters of Intent”


How Many IXes Per Metro?

Dr Peering -

What is the optimal number of IXes per metro?



Dan -

Dr Peering did an informal study with the peering community and they seemed to fall into two camps:

Camp 1 : Only 1 IX per metro. About half of the peering coordinators said that they preferred that there to be only one IX per metro, because more than one would splinter the peering community.

Peering for Content Providers?


Dear Dr. Peering -


I understand that peering is something that ISPs do. But does it make sense for Content Providers also?

Sven Zyborg-Price


Sven -

The short answer is that the same economics apply to Content Providers as ISPs : if you can send enough traffic to peers (for free) to offset the costs of peering, then peering makes sense financially.

Who should I send to Internet Peering Events?

Dear DrPeering -

I was just hired to, among other things, offload as much traffic as possible across free peering sessions. How can I get peering without coming off like a needy or lame newbie ISP?

Serge Itovic


Thanks for that question, Serge; this is well travelled territory. Everyone starts somewhere, and the DrPeering clinic has assisted many ISPs through this process.

There are definitely some dos and do nots.

Broadband Adoption Still on the Rise

According to an April study published by the Pew Research Center, there was a 15% increase in the amount of broadband-connected homes in the U.S. in the past year. According to the center, these numbers have jumped 54% since 2007.

How do ISPs create a peering policy?


How do ISPs create a peering policy?

Does the old phrase "Good artists copy, great artists steal" apply?

-- Arch Stanton"


Arch - DrPeering just completed a study on this very thing. I think you will find it addresses your question.

A Brief Study of 28 Peering Policies


Dealing with Piracy on the Internet

The Internet has presented the world with a truly remarkable system of networked networks, over which pretty much any content that can be digitally packaged can be shared, freely and faster than any other distribution method.

From Reuters: Compelling Stats About Illegally Accesssed Video Content

According to a recent Reuters article which sites a survey conducted by Futuresource Consulting, eight percent of consumers in Britain, France and Germany and the U.S. admit to watching video from illegitimate sources.

A Business Model for a Cooperatively Managed CDN

As it relates to InterStream, Please see the post I made in April of this year which defines an ecosystem model so all participating ISPs and last mile providers participate in the revenue paid to CDNs for large scale content distribution.