I stand by my record. Better part of a decade as the technical lead of a regional Internet Service Provider.
Frequent participant in the North American Network Operators Group. Participant in the Internet Research Task Force's Routing Research Group.
Bill, you should know that peering has nothing to do with CoS (fast lanes). Peering is about two networks agreeing to directly exchange traffic when that makes operational and business sense. When Snake Oil Inc with a /19 and 5000 dsl subs wants to peer with Cogent, I will guarantee you that they will be redirected to the sales department. And justly so.
If you're advocating that unless one peers with everyone who sends a peering request, one is violating "net neutrality", you really need to go back to networking school.
I totally understand your point that refusal to peer can be construed as willingly disrupt the shortest path between two networks, but that is an operational decision left to the owner of the network, and does not imply a lower priority on the network. If the FCC would mandate all networks to have a public and open peering policy, I will guarantee you that they will lose every single lawsuit as the government does not need to dictate how someone routes their traffic.
JNCIE-M #261, JNCIE-SP #261, JNCSP-SP, ECE-IPN #2, ECP-FB