Net Neutrality

Note: This blog weas originally posted on my web site on September 22, 2009. Since it is a bit of old news, I’ve decided to disable comments.

Net Neutrality. Will it last?

The FTC chairman proposed a set of rules that would prohibit Internet service providers from slowing down competitors’ Internet traffic on their networks. The impact for consumers would be that providers could block access to or slow down traffic from video and phone services. Companies could potentially charge subscribers for using excessive amounts of bandwidth. Providers would also need to have transparent network management policies. The proposed rules have a broader reach than expected, as they would apply to all broadband connections, including smartphone data connections.

Of course some of the ISPs have stated that the FTC shouldn’t dictate how they run their networks. Already a Republican senator is proposing legislation to block the rules.

Here’s my thought. Instead of capping the user’s bandwidth maybe it would be easier if there was some type of regulatory body that would filter out known ISPs and/or IP addresses that provided pirated software, malware, scareware. All US based DNS servers would require the add these ISPs and/or IP addresses to a blacklist. Those contesting the blacklisting would have to contact regulatory body directly. The regulatory body would have the only say but must justify their decision. So if they blacklisted the Russian Business Network (and they are ANYTHING but a legitimate business network!), the RBN would have to contest. Very unlikely there.

What I propose may sound a but like what the Chinese has done [or did], blacklisting sites that could start anti-government problems. But with the exception of the pirates, thieves, unethical people, and others, if these ISPs and/or IP addresses are blocked there probably won’t be any need for traffic throttling or cleansing. 


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