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People on opposite sides of the Atlantic host eachother's content to minimize ping times.
Willelmus hosts websites in Switzerland. When people from the US try to view his sites, the transatlantic ping times make the load time so long, that half his users leave before the front page is loaded.
goes to parahost.com and browses the "trading post". He finds Barbara in the US who's European visitors are experiencing long ping times when visiting her sites. They enter into a standard you mirror-me-I-mirror-you agreement.
Now, US visitors of Willelmus' sites are automatically redirected to his US mirror.
akamai is slow
see? [fishboner, Feb 21 2011]
||mmmmm.... static content....
||doesn't have to be with this system.