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The Digital Handshake: Connecting Internet Backbones

Michael Kende.  

OSP Working Paper 32 (Sept 2000) examines the interconnection arrangements between Internet backbone providers that lead to the universal connectivity that characterizes the Internet.  Since its commercialization in 1995, the Internet has served as an example of a network industry in which interconnection agreements are reached through commercial negotiations in a "handshake," rather than a regulated, environment. This paper offers a primer describing the existing Internet interconnection agreements - notably peering arrangements - which have arisen in place of traditional regulation.

Issued: September 2000

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