A Study of 28 Peering Policies

The following are snippets of Peering Policy Clauses found in the Peering Rules of the Road - A Study of 28 Peering Policies study. Clauses were categorized and put into rough categories for comparison.

Prefix Length Peering Policy Clause

AboveNet will not permit the routes longer than a /24 from its peers. – AboveNet

Routes should be aggregated as much as possible. ATDN will not accept any announcement smaller than /24. – ATDN

Applicant announces a minimum of 1,000 fully aggregated routes or equivalent of 50,000 Class-C networks – tinet

Applicant's network must share a presence with Tinet in at least four regions in Europe and two regions in the US, out of the regions below. These regions must be linked with redundant dedicated IP backbone capacity of OC192 or higher. Applicants are expected to have a significant customer base in any of theregions and thus carry significant domestic traffic in these regions to match this criterion. – tinet

Routes should be aggregated as much as possible. LambdaNet will not accept any announcement smaller than /24. – LambdaNet

# Aggregate routes as much as possible: New Edge Networks will not accept any announcement smaller than /24 – NewEdge

Must provide only IPv4 route advertisements and will not provide route advertisements more specific than a /24 – Charter A good faith effort should be made to aggregate route announcements as much as practical. – Speakeasy

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Mr Norton is Founder of DrPeering, an Internet Peering portal and consultancy, with over twenty years of Internet experience.

From 1998-2008, Mr. Norton’s title was Co-Founder and Chief Technical Liaison for Equinix. From the beginning, Mr. Norton focused on building a critical mass of carriers, ISPs and Content Providers. To this end, he created the white paper process, identifying interesting and important Internet peering operations topics, and documenting what he learned from the peering folks. He published and presented his research white papers in a variety of international operations and research forums. These activities helped establish the relationships necessary to atract the set of Tier 1 ISPs, Tier 2 ISPs, Cable Companies, and Content Providers necessary for a healthy Internet Exchange Point ecosystem.



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