This is a bit out of my expertise range, so this could be a completely "not possible/insane" request. However, as there are many degrees of connectivity to the internet, this has me wondering... Right now, I am connecting to a datacenter in Chicago from North Georgia. This normally requires a route that goes from my ISP to Cogent TN, then Cogent IN, and then eventually goes to AT&T where the datacenter is connected to. There are also other stops that pile on latency as well. However, I am curious as to if there is some form of packet "tagging" to manually force the packet to go to another network immediately off the bat. This new route, for instance, might instead go HE's ATL network, then right to HE's Chicago, followed by AT&T Chicago (possibly reducing latency.) Another option could be all AT&T from ATLN -> STLS -> CHCG. The first hop is going to depend on my ISP's peering, but it would be great if I could manually plan the route out statically after them to the end destination. Can this even be done? If so, would this require some sort of expensive "multiple agreements" thing with different Tier 1s, or is there some secret "route tweaking" packet option? This almost sounds like some sort of odd internet voodoo or wizardry.