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Peering Policy
OpenAccess seeks to interconnect its IP network with other Internet providers on a settlement-free basis when such interconnection are of mutual benefit to both parties.

Due to historical and business reasons, OpenAccess uses AS36696 as its primary ASN for peering and all peers are required to also accept prefixes and AS paths for AS13831 and AS17129.

OpenAccess does not require formal contracts for peering arrangements, but the following guidelines apply.

General Guidelines
  1. Meeting the requirements of this document does not require OpenAccess to establish a peering relationship.
  2. A network (ASN) that is a BGP transit customer of OpenAccess or a partner network for any dedicated IP services may not simultaneously be a settlement-free peer of that same network.
  3. All peers must supply an operational contact that is available on a 24x7 basis such as a Network Operations Center or equivalent. Both voice and e-mail contact information is required.
  4. Peers should provide a looking glass and/or traceroute server at each interconnection point to assist in troubleshooting.
  5. Peer must agree to actively cooperate to resolve security incidents, denial of service attacks, and other operational problems.
  6. A good faith effort should be made to communicate information regarding network maintenance that will affect traffic exchange.
Technical and Routing Requirements
  1. Peers must not utilize any form of gateway of last resort or default route that is directed at OpenAccess.
  2. Neither party shall modify, sell or provide the next-hop to a third party.
  3. All announcements are to be consistent, in terms of prefix aggregation properties, across all interconnect locations.
  4. Peers are expected to filter their clients to reject both unauthorized BGP announcements, aggregate prefixes announced as well as filter their prefixes to deny IP datagrams with invalid source addresses.
  5. Use of the Internet Routing Registry is encouraged. OpenAccess reserves the right to make entries into the IRR on behalf of the peer if needed.
Suspension and Termination
  1. OpenAccess reserves the right to suspend peering for an indefinite period of time should any form of network abuse be verified to take place via the peering interconnect.
  2. Recurring incidents of network abuse and/or slow responses on curing an incident will result in termination of the peering relationship.
  3. OpenAccess reserves the right to terminate the peering relation for any reason with 30 days notice.

The definition of network abuse includes but is not limited to:
  • Denial of Service attacks
  • Unsolicited Bulk Email sources
  • Setting default-route to OpenAccess

Whats New?

2010.11.01 Digital telephone & PBX services expanded
Over the summer of 2010 OpenAccess has rolled out digital telephone service for ourselves, affiliated companies and a few customers who were willing to be 'guinea pigs'.  Overall things went better than we expected and we are now opening up our digital telephone service plans to more customers.

2010.10.21 IPv6 Transition
OpenAccess will be having a mid range time line for adoption and implementation of IPv6.  As most people know who are reading this, there is a certain 'chicken & egg' problem with IPv6 in as much for any organization to move to IPv6 requires that other organizations have moved to IPv6.

2010.07.15 NAS.COM wholesale VPS and WebHosting services
This fall, OpenAccess will be re-purposing the '' domain name to provide VPS and WebHosting services, primarily wholesale to web developers. If you have an e-mail address, or a personal website located at, those services will continue be supported although we will not be accepting new accounts.

2010.02.22 Joomla auto install wizard now available.
Due to popular request, we now have a Joomla auto-installer available on our newer cPanel® servers.  This allows customers to quickly and easily install Joomla on their website.  The auto-installer is available under the 'site software' section in the administrative interface of your webhosting account.

2009.10.25 OpenAccess begins internal testing for Windows 2008 Server hosting solutions.
OpenAccess is happy to finally be able to announce that we are beginning internal testing of cPanelŽ/Enkompass as a platform for our customers to be able to deliver Windows(c) 2008 Server solutions on.

2007.09.26 Changes in paper billing system.
Effective January 1st 2008 we will be doing what most of our competitors have been doing for years and adding a $1.00 surcharge for paper invoices.

2007.05.30 New web servers in production.
In May we got two new web servers in production. These machines are based out of our facilities in Seattle and were needed as we have about hit capacity on our existing webhosting infrastructure.

2007.03.15 Additional nationwide and global network capacity added.
OpenAccess is glad to announce that we have put into production a new circuit providing us with direct Tier-1 nationwide and global Internet transport.

2007.01.17 Verizon DSL speed upgrades complete
Today we did the work to convert all NAS.COM customers over to our faster connection into Verizon. Everybody should be seeing performance increases.

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