As I recently discovered (see attached RIPE ATLAS measurements), Cloudflare’s Israel POP serves less than half the country - namely, it’s designed to serve one monopolistic ISP and no one else, contributing to upsetting the delicate ISP balance here. This is dismaying and I hope Cloudflare would rectify this as soon as possible, both for the benefit of clients and end users alike.
In more detail:
Cloudflare apparently placed its presence in bezeq’s server farm. Bezeq is the largest telco in Israel and has been embroiled in monopolistic behaviour in the past. It’s competitors are struggling and it is opined that should bezeq be allowed to merge with its subsidiaries (ISP, Satellite TV provider, Cellular provider) it would be the death of competitive market for these services.
Bezeq has been called up on this particular behaviour in the past - when they did it with limelight networks. But limelight is a very small fry compared with Cloudflare. The recent Cloudflare outage has taken down a significant part of the internet.
So, in essence, this generally means Cloudflare has been contributing to the creation of a tiered, less open internet.
As an aside, this puts the implicit messaging as false advertising - the POP is more of a bezeq one than an Israeli one, even if it’s physically present at Israel, due to routing.
What also bothers me is that this situation may or may not happen in other markets experiencing similar conditions.
(as another aside, don’t your engineers break down reachability and routing by AS? surely someone should have seen that with more sophisticated tools than RIPE ATLAS. similar inquiries with other large companies have shown that they do have this data.)
I would be happy if you could advise soon. I’m available for any question or concern. I have considerable good faith in Cloudflare as a company in particular post its termination of the stormfront account and I hope it will continue to act in a similar, socially-responsible as well as business-prudent manner regarding this issue.
RIPE Atlas measurements - 18.104.22.168 and cdn.discordapp.com: