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Re: Why I am Opposed to Net Neutrality

Garrett Wollman (
Thu, 17 Aug 2006 19:38:42 UTC

In article <>, Scott Dorsey
<> wrote:

> There have been attempts to do what you describe with QoS management,
> where some kinds of traffic gets treated differently than other kinds
> of traffic. In general, these things don't work very well, because
> the underlying protocol isn't designed for it.

No, the "underlying protocol" has nothing to do with it. That's the
beauty of IP: it's service-model independent. We have a "best-effort"
service now, but a guaranteed service could be implemented without any
changes to the IP layer. The reason we don't have one now is the lack
of a business model that could support it. (The people I used to work
for helped to invent all the necessary technology in the early- to
mid-nineties, before the boom created a bandwidth glut. It was a
serious research effort back when a T1 was more than most people had.)


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