Did Internet Founders Actually Anticipate Paid, Prioritized Traffic?
owen at delong.com
Thu Sep 16 14:16:44 CDT 2010
On Sep 16, 2010, at 11:44 AM, George Bonser wrote:
>> Your statement misses the point, which is, *who* gets to decide what
>> traffic is prioritized? And will that prioritization be determined by
>> who is paying my carrier for that prioritization, potentially against
>> my own preferences?
> I would say that with standard "run of the mill" consumer service, the
> provider decides. If you want something custom, that would be
> reasonable to offer, but you should be expected to pay a bit more for
> that in order to maintain the non-standard configuration. Maintaining a
> different configuration for each user would be more expensive for the
> provider than a "cookie-cutter" solution that makes the internet a
> better experience for say 85% or more of the people out there.
The point is that if the provider is deciding based on some third party
paying them and thus my neighbors are getting more bandwidth
than I am, not because they're paying more, but, because they're
choosing to use the services that bribed my provider, then that's
not a good thing.
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