David Weinberger is adding to the conversation on Network Neutrality. With an added dig at TELUS for their blocking of a union site during their 2005 ‘labour disruption’.
There are 3 areas of network neutrality at risk from recent actions
- Peering – the agreement that multiple providers agree to carry each others traffic. This is the issue where consumer ISPs (Cable/Telco) are wanting to charge a premium for their users to recieve content from providers on other networks such as Google and Yahoo
- Data is Data – providers are wanting to stratify data by quality and price. Current cost models have relied on bandwidth while the providers have relied on an ‘oversubscription’ rate – the same way airlines overbook planes – to keep their costs down. VOIP, bit torrent, and streaming changes the use pattern which makes it harder to do this. Providers responding with QoS or trafficshapping.
- Blocking – as was shown in the TELUS case there are situations when providers will actually censor (or traffic shapping to the point of unusable) content.
All of these are risky becuase providers have avoided many legal issues by claiming the role of ‘Common Carrier’ where they take no responsibility for content on their networks. If they take more activist roles in the type of content they may risk legal liability.
David is promoting SaveTheInternet.com