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Cogent & Google IPv6

This is Google saying that Google does not want to pay for traffic to
Cogent. If Cogent wants to exchange any traffic with Google, Cogent is
invited to peer directly with Google. Of course Cogent refuses. And now
Cogent is not only missing the part of IPv6 internet that is Hurricane
Electric single homed but also everything Google.

Why does Cogent refuse? They used to deliver this traffic on free peering
with another tier 1 provider. Now they are asked to deliver the same
traffic for the same price (free) on a direct peering session. They won't
because Cogent believes Google should pay for this traffic. That another
Cogent customer already paid for the traffic does not matter. They want
double dipping or nothing. So nothing it is.

Seems to me that if you are serious about IPv6 you can not use Cogent as
your primary or secondary transit provider. You can use them as your third
if you want to.



On 24 February 2016 at 20:46, Matt Hoppes <mhoppes at indigowireless.com>

> Correct me if I'm wrong, but if Cogent isn't peering with Google IPv6,
> shouldn't the traffic flow out to one of their peer points where another
> peer DOES peer with Google IPv6 and get you in?
> Isn't that how the Internet is suppose to work?
> On 2/24/16 2:43 PM, Damien Burke wrote:
>> Not sure. I got the same thing today as well.
>> Is this some kind of ipv6 war?
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: NANOG [mailto:nanog-bounces at nanog.org] On Behalf Of Ian Clark
>> Sent: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 10:25 AM
>> To: NANOG
>> Subject: Cogent & Google IPv6
>> Anyone know what's actually going on here?  We received the following
>> information from the two of them, and this just started a week or so ago.
>> *From Cogent, the transit provider for a branch office of ours:*
>> Dear Cogent Customer,
>> Thank you for contacting Cogent Customer Support for information about
>> the Google IPv6 addresses you are unable to reach.
>> Google uses transit providers to announce their IPv4 routes to Cogent.
>> At this time however, Google has chosen not to announce their IPv6 routes
>> to Cogent through transit providers.
>> We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you and will notify you
>> if there is an update to the situation.
>> *From Google (re: Cogent):*
>> Unfortunately it seems that your transit provider does not have IPv6
>> connectivity with Google. We suggest you ask your transit provider to look
>> for alternatives to interconnect with us.
>> Google maintains an open interconnect policy for IPv6 and welcomes any
>> network to peer with us for access via IPv6 (and IPv4). For those networks
>> that aren't able, or chose not to peer with Google via IPv6, they are able
>> to reach us through any of a large number of transit providers.
>> For more information in how to peer directly with Google please visit
>> https://peering.google.com
>> --
>> Ian Clark
>> Lead Network Engineer
>> DreamHost