M$ shunned by British ISPs

What - even more unpopular than Caroline off Big Brother?

Microsoft's application to join the influential London Internet Exchange (LINX) could be in doubt, The Register has learnt.

The beast of Redmond submitted its application on Monday and although it passes all the technical qualifications for entry to the influential Internet club, there are fears it could be blackballed by members who are not keen to peer with the monopoly software company.

Peering is a you-scratch-my-back-I'll-scratch-your-back type of agreement whereby members share Internet traffic with one another.

However, some of the 109 members don't believe M$' intentions are wholly honourable and that it doesn't have the best interests of the British Net community at heart.

The Reg is not privy to exactly how many of the members will not peer with M$, but early indications suggest it will not be welcomed with open arms by everyone.

The vote will be complete tomorrow and M$ will know then whether their application has been successful or not.

A spokeswoman at LINX refused to comment on M$' application.

No one from M$ was available for comment by press time. ®

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