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That wouldn't be as big an issue if all the nodes were very well connected, like positioned near big peering points, but they're not.



The "distributed all over the world" part would still be just as much of an issue; the speed of light puts a substantial lower bound on the total latency.


True, but pinging from one hub to another is way faster than someone's cable modem in Mumbai to someone's in Australia to someone's in Peru and back again. Those last miles add up in a huge way.




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