What does the opposition to Net Neutrality want?
kenneth at mail1.ttak.org
Wed Sep 23 20:04:24 MDT 2009
Hi fellow PLUG members,
A friend and I were discussing Net Neutrality and wanted to research the
topic a bit more. The more I read about Net Neutrality the less I feel
I actually know what the issue is. I believe what the proponents want are:
* fair bandwidth for all
* no destination/source discrimination
* no data discrimination
* no tired service
Does this correctly sum up the wants? I have seen numerous threads all
touting the brilliance and benefits of Net Neutrality. Net Neutrality
has become a banner for great Internet ideology, but it begs the
question, what does the opposition actually want to change?
From what I can tell the opposition wants to solve some fundamental
problems, mostly revolving around resource allocation (ie. "bandwidth
hogs"). Overuse tends to happen with any perceived "unlimited"
resource, utility or service. The problem is these resources, utilities
and services are never "unlimited" in reality. I can sympathize with
this, which leads me to wonder if the opposition to Net Neutrality may
have some valid issues that need to be resolved.
Regarding fair bandwidth for all. If everyone were a good net citizen
and shared the bandwidth respectfully, I would agree with fair
bandwidth. Unfortunately, there is a problem of "bandwidth hogs". For
example, if 10 people on the block all use an ISP, and 1 user is a
"bandwidth" hog, consistently slowing down the 9 other connections, and
the ISP wants to "manage their network" by limiting the one "bandwidth"
hog, is this an okay practice? Me being one of the other 9 would really
like to not have the 1 slow my connection down. This is what Comcast
did with the torrent problem. Should Comcast not be allowed to manage
their networks to keep the 9 other people happy?
Regarding destination/source and tired service discrimination. Don't we
already have this in place. The more you pay the higher the bandwidth
you get. This works the same way on both ends of the connection. Is
Net Neutrality advocates pushing to make all Internet free, or one price
Regarding data discrimination. This leads to the realm of Quality of
Service. Certain traffic needs to have better QoS to work properly.
Web traffic, Games and VoIP need low latency, but push through
relativity low bandwidth traffic. File serving doesn't is not as
greatly affected by, but needs higher bandwidth. Should ISPs not be
able manage their network to give Web Traffic, VoIP and Games a higher QoS?
Is there a critical point about Net Neutrality I am missing? Please
educate me if I am incorrect.
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