9 thoughts on “Sprint, Cogent Reconnect Networks For Now”

  1. Hope Sprint and Cogent figure this one out without destroying customers. Time to shut the lawyers up and let common sense prevail.

    These silly fights show how ridiculous both companies are when it comes to customers.

    Grow up, Guys!

  2. Cogent isn’t going to back down and buy IP transit, if they do that then other tier-1’s will smell blood. They have to make Sprint do it again, so I doubt this is over.

  3. I suspect this isn’t over.. There’s disparity so it’s not true peering, thus sprint wants cogent to pay. Cogent can’t afford to pay because then all the other tier 1’s will expect the same thing.

    The amount of posturing and spin-doctoring by both sides is amazing.. love the way that Cogent makes it sounds like this is a reason not to have internet via a sprint mobile device.. and tries to make sprint seem like a small player “..is a fraction of the traffic”.

    Since they’ve picked this fight with more than one tier one, you have to give Cogent some credit for experience with the posturing.. I’m kind of astounded that they manage at the same time they are portraying this as a david vs goliath battle, to make statements that belittle the size of goliath at the very same time.

    Frankly I’m a bit suprised we haven’t seen sprint and other tier 1’s unite and go after cogent as a ‘freeloader’ and just all publically state that they need to start paying for what they are using.. If several tier 1’s all did that at the same time, and gave a similar deadline, it would make their case that cogent is getting a ‘free ride’ a lot stronger I’d think..

  4. @Chuck vdl

    I would assume that the reason that Tier 1 carriers don’t do as you suggest is that this is called collusion and other nastly legal names and could land them in legal hot water.

  5. If Sprint wants to shut down transit traffic, fine! But if their customers are taking more content from Cogent based sites than vice versa that’s tough. They are selling Internet access not just access to the parts of the Internet that Sprint can get money from.

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