TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Re: Why I am Opposed to Net Neutrality

Re: Why I am Opposed to Net Neutrality
16 Aug 2006 10:27:44 -0700

Larry Dignan wrote:

> 1. Congress will screw it up. If techies can't agree on a definition
> of net neutrality, it's highly unlikely that a bunch of pols
> understand the issue. Let's say Congress does mandate net
> neutrality. Great news, right? Not so fast. Once net neutrality is
> mandated, the laws of unintended consequences kick in. Suddenly, we're
> locked into a Net architecture (the current one that's decades
> old). Suddenly, there are no fast lanes allowed.

All good points.

> 3. All traffic isn't created equal. An e-mail doesn't have the same
> service requirements as a VOIP call. An X-ray of a heart patient
> should have priority over a Britney Spears video. Corporate networks
> manage traffic that way, and at some point there has to be some
> intelligence added to public Internet infrastructure between the end
> points. Net neutrality requirements mean all traffic is created
> equal. You can debate over who makes the call over what traffic gets
> priority, but to pretend all traffic is equal doesn't hold up.

Excellent point.

There's been some anti-telecom company ads on TV which I find

[TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: Yes, they are good points, Lisa; but
when it comes around to misleading people, Southwestern Bell, using
their latest alias, AT&T is one of the biggest misleaders. I have
pretty much stsyed neutral on the 'net neutrality' debate, but I
have heard telco claiming 'nothing will change' if they are put in
charge of it all; I just cannot imagine _nothing_ will change, and
I suspect the changes will not be good for most netters. PAT]

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