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A Super-Wrong Way To Understand Net Neutrality
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Thomas Claburn
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11/18/2014 | 6:49:39 PM
isp commitments
>All major US ISPs have publicly committed to maintaining "best efforts" Internet service, whereby consumers are free to download content from any legal website. 

Are those commitments binding? That sounds about as forceful as "don't be evil." Nice in theory, but not quite a regulatory requirement.
Lorna Garey
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11/19/2014 | 9:41:25 AM
Re: isp commitments
That line jumped out for me as well. It's disingenuous to suggest that net neutrality will mean the end of traffic shaping and QoS management. Favoring certain bits is not the same as favoring all traffic from one (paid) source.

This debate, like the spectrum auction, is technically complex in the details but really rather simple in principle. ISPs can prioritize voice over email, as they, and IT on internal networks, always have. They should not be giving favored status to all traffic regardless of type from a company that's paid for that treatment.

Say that neighbor's kid is watching a Netflix movie on his iPad. Under some scenarios, that traffic could in fact trump my cell call.


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