(1) I am not surprised
(2) It doesn't say _what_ the deal must be, only that ISPs have to
The only addition is that the regulator can inject himself as a
mediator if the negotiation is going down the wrong path. It doesn't
say the peering has to happen, that it has to be for free or anything
The danger is that this is happening before regulators have clue about
what "a fair deal" is for IP.
Remember that ISP's outside of the US in WSIS has "required" fair
peering/transit costs for a year now, which the US objects officially.
On måndag, jun 16, 2003, at 10:33 Europe/Stockholm, Kurt Erik Lindqvist
>>> ComReg is planning to apply the principles of voice interconnect to
>>> network types; this means that "operators of public communications
>>> networks shall have a right, and when requested by other [operators],
>>> 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
>>> review by the Irish regulator if either party feels that they're not
>>> offered a fair deal.