How Refusing Russian Networks Will Impact the Internet
On 4 March, the Washington Post reported that Cogent Communications, a leading Internet backbone provider, would stop providing service to its Russian clients.
In its role as a transit provider, charging other networks to carry traffic to the rest of the Internet, this action will result in one less path for international connectivity being available for Russian networks.
However, as one of the largest transit providers in the world, the impact could be significant, as many of Cogent’s Russian customers are also some of Russia’s largest networks — including the state-owned telecom Rostelecom.
This action was later followed by another large transit provider Lumen, announcing a similar decision to cut ties with its Russian clients.