Now, Look back at the original
topic of debate and ask yourself the following question...is there REALLY a
distinction between the "prioritization" and/or "discrimination (or blocking
taken to the Nth degree) of certain types of Internet packets? If you
think about it, prioritizing "certain my preferred packets" across my physical
network is really no different than discriminating (depreferencing or
blocking) my competitors -- in fact, the Network Neutrality (free love, etc)
camp would argue that "allowing" certain providers to pay for prioritized /
privilege access is extortion.
The topic of debate that I am addressing is the
argument between "it's my @[EMAIL PROTECTED] network so I can do whatever I want" vs. "the
Internet is a free and open medium or Network Neutrality).
The it's my @[EMAIL PROTECTED] network
SBC started it, now BellSouth is getting into the
act. Two articles (1, 2) highlight comments made by William L. Smith, CTO of
BellSouth, about how hed really like to be able to charge internet companies
for priority access to his network and customers.
telecommunications executive said yesterday that Internet service providers
should be allowed to strike deals to give certain Web sites or services
priority in reaching computer users, a controversial system that would
significantly change how the Internet operates.
William L. Smith, chief
technology officer for Atlanta-based BellSouth Corp., told reporters and
analysts that an Internet service provider such as his firm should be able,
for example, to charge Yahoo Inc. for the opportunity to have its search site
load faster than that of Google Inc.
Or, Smith said, his company should
be allowed to charge a rival voice-over-Internet firm so that its service can
operate with the same quality as BellSouths offering.
Neutrality Broadband Challenge
Network Neutrality is the concept that network operators
provide free and non-discriminatory transport on their networks between the
endpoints of the Internet. This has been a basic concept and function of the
Internet since it was invented, and is adopted by the FCC in these four
principles to ensure that broadband networks are widely deployed, open,
affordable and accessible to all consumers:
1. Consumers are entitled to access the lawful Internet
content of their choice;
2. Consumers are entitled to run applications and services
of their choice, subject to the needs of law enforcement;
3. Consumers are entitled to connect their choice of legal
devices that do not harm the network; and
4. Consumers are entitled to competition among network
providers, application and service providers, and content
Now, lets open the floor for discussion...
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