Did Internet Founders Actually Anticipate Paid,

William Herrin bill at herrin.us
Tue Sep 21 05:51:11 UTC 2010

On Tue, Sep 21, 2010 at 12:01 AM, George Bonser <gbonser at seven.com> wrote:
> But there is a potential problem here in that content providers are
> producing applications and content requiring increasing amounts of
> bandwidth but are not bearing the cost of delivering that content to the
> end user.  If the ISPs are directly peering with the content provider at
> some IX, the content provider gets what amounts to a free ride to the
> end user.

My friend, that is a straw man. ISPs have complete control over who
they peer with, the size of the peering pipe they accept and whether
that peering session is free or paid. If peering with Netflix will
cost you more than you gain, you just don't do it.

While there may well be advantages to compelling ISPs to accept
peering, that's an entirely different discussion. The network
neutrality debate is centered on what you do to packets while they're
within your network, not who you choose to directly connect to.

Bill Herrin

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