TITLE

Combating The Two-Tiered Internet

AUTHOR(S)
Passmore, David
PUB. DATE
February 2006
SOURCE
Business Communications Review;Feb2006, Vol. 36 Issue 2, p12
SOURCE TYPE
Trade Publication
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on the importance to sustain net neutrality in the Internet Industry. Net neutrality occurs when network operators provide equal service for all packets moving across the networks as part of their Internet access offerings. Originally, operators were not allowed to discriminate against some types of traffic but all has changed with the deregulation and increased competition. Among the types of discrimination are (1) blocking or downward rate-shaping traffic that provider considered to be abusing the bandwidth; (2) giving preferential treatment to operator applications and multimedia content over all other traffic; and (3) restricting or blocking third-party content or application traffic unless that content provider pay charges. The author concludes that most enterprise and individual Internet users will see their service degrade or become more expensive should efforts to preserve net neutrality fail.
ACCESSION #
19702649

 

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