As a Technologist working in the realm of Broadband wireless infrastructure development I was disappointed by the FCC ruling that came out last week. Even though the important details about the new Federal Communications Commission network neutrality rules were yet to be laid out the brief summary released by the FCC (News – Alert) suggests the process remains largely at the level of principles, rather than clear and specific rules.
Internet access service will have to remain a “best effort” service for now. Obviously, the rules would apply only to access providers, not transport providers, unless the FCC spells details on content delivery networks.
A person engaged in the provision of broadband Internet access service shall publicly disclose accurate information regarding the network management practices, performance, and commercial terms of its broadband Internet access services sufficient for consumers to make informed choices regarding use of such se..
The recent events in the media and talk about net neutrality have once again brought focus onto technologies that disrupt the fine balance between neutrality and traffic shaping in ISPs. Internet service providers and Wireless broadband service providers have been looking at ways and means to shape the traffic, enforce policies and prioritize packets as Internet and mobile internet have set to take off. One of the biggest set of tools that has been used by operators is Deep Packet Inspection (DPI). This has been one of the several content optimization techniques that includes Policy Control mechanisms, QOS techniques and ‘throttling’ in extreme cases. Why do ISPs and WISPs resort to this? (more…)