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Friday, August 4, 2017

Net Neutrality: Hobson's Choice | Light Reading

Net Neutrality: Hobson's Choice | Light Reading



From his presentation, "The Inescapable Inevitability of Convergence (Unless You 'Help')" (PDF or PPT):
"Virtually all higher education-related network or IT-related organizations (such as Educause, Internet2, ACE, AAU, NASULGC, ALA, etc.) support network neutrality rather than the carrier-favored network non-regulation... But we need to 'thread the needle' carefully. Remember that higher ed runs its own uncongested/exclusive network [Internet 2/NLR], and higher ed also routinely relies on packet shaping to control recreational traffic on its own networks."
In email, Joe explains: 


"My talk attempted to deal with two fundamental issues.
  • A technical issue: At root, the network neutrality/anti-regulation debate represents an attempt to introduce something that's beyond best effort packet delivery (e.g., premium QOS); if we build fast, overprovisioned, architecturally clean best-effort packet networks, QOS should satisfy no need and deliver no discernable benefit. Thus, if we have fast, overprovisioned, architecturally clean best-effort packet networks, the whole network neutrality/anti-regulation debate becomes effectively moot.
  • A policy issue: A Libertarian facing the network neutrality/anti-regulation debate has a tough (fundamentally irreconcilable?) choice:

    • On the one hand, she might want to insure that all ideas are given a chance to be freely expressed on a level playing field (which would imply a preference for network neutrality).
    • On the other hand, she'd likely also want to avoid government intervention and regulation of business affairs, preferring to leave that to the owners of each business (which would imply a preference for Internet non-regulation).


This debate sets up one heck of a Hobson's choice, eh?"


— Bill St. Arnaud is Senior Director of Advanced Networks at Canarie Inc.

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