[apops] Fw: [IP] Ireland to regulate peering

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  • From: Suresh Ramasubramanian <suresh at hserus dot net>
  • Date: Sun, 15 Jun 2003 18:17:06 +0530
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      From: Dave Farber <dave at farber dot net>
      Date: Fri, 13 Jun 2003 06:19:20 -0400
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      Subject: [IP] Ireland to regulate peering
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      >Date: Thu, 12 Jun 2003 15:37:56 +0100
      >From: Alex French <alex at evilal dot com>
      >Subject: Ireland to regulate peering
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      >For IP if you think it's suitable.
      >In brief: New rules being put in place by the Irish telecoms regulator 
      >will regulate IP peering between ISPs as if it were a voice interconnect. 
      >I'd love to hear from any other IPers who know if this is being proposed 
      >anywhere else in Europe. As far as I know, this is unprecedented.
      >The Irish telecoms regulator (ComReg) has announced a new set of licensing 
      >rules for telcos. The bad part is that the rules have been greatly 
      >expanded to include regulation of "all electronic communications 
      >networks", including (apparently) ISP networks and VPN operators.
      >ComReg is planning to apply the principles of voice interconnect to all 
      >network types; this means that "operators of public communications 
      >networks shall have a right, and when requested by other [operators], an 
      >obligation to negotiate interconnection with each other for the purpose of 
      >providing publicly available electronic communications services." In 
      >effect, IP networks will have to peer with each other on request.
      >Even worse, the "interconnect" (i.e. peering) prices will be subject to 
      >review by the Irish regulator if either party feels that they're not being 
      >offered a fair deal.
      >The cherry on the cake is that ISPs can be designated as having 
      >"Significant Market Power" (this used to be defined as having 25% of a 
      >market, but the criteria are now more nebulous). If you have SMP, you must 
      >publish your network cost accounting as prove that the peering prices you 
      >charge are cost-oriented (cost + a reasonable ROI)
      >As I see it, this will lead to the collapse of the current peering/transit 
      >negotiation process that ISPs have successfully used all over the world 
      >for years. I don't even see how this would benefit smaller ISPs, since the 
      >new rules are likely to discourage larger companies from entering this 
      >market at all. At the very least, the regulation of peering rates has got 
      >to hurt competition.
      >The relevant documents are available at http://www.comreg.ie. Specific 
      >links are
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