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Tuesday, 01 April 2008

On peering

Simon Rumble says the ABC should peer with all Australian ISPs.

The fact of the matter is communication links don't grow on trees. The cost to the ABC would be prohibitive, I'd imagine.

If the ABC has private WAN links around the country, and they were under-utilised, the most sensible thing to do would be to peer at each of the PIPE peering locations, where as I understand it, most ISPs worth their salt have a connection.

That said, because WAN links don't grow on trees either, the ABC is probably not forking out for more capacity than it needs. Given the never ending budget cuts that the ABC has to endure, I doubt dishing up Internet content at low costs for the downloaders is their first priority.

But yes, it would be nice if Australian content providers all peered.

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