Sunday, December 05, 2010

Network neutrality components: blocking, attachment, priority (the tale of the old router that still works): comments by a Columbia law professor

Columbia University law professor Tim Wu gives an interview to Ezra Klein in the Washington Post on network neutrality, printed in the Business Section Sunday Dec. 5, with link here.

He makes the point that if a telecommunications provider bills you more for higher bandwidth usage, that’s a billing issue, not a neutrality issue, just as it would be a pricing issue with electricity use.

However, he analyzes the idea that some consumers will want to be able to use their own choice of brand of network router at home (or an already owned router) with a different ISP.

He says FCC has it right on banning blocking, OK on attachment, and may be lacking in controlling paid priortization, but it may be weak on potential legal challenges in court.

He says that the FCC is "right in the middle", like Obama himself.

I wonder if there could be any cross issues with “tracking”, which the FTC is addressing.

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