[#135346] Unauthorized BGP Announcements (follow up to Hijacked Networks)

Ray Soucy rps at maine.edu
Thu Feb 2 17:32:44 UTC 2012

> So, to pose the obvious question: Should there be [a law against prefix hijacking]?

So far the track record of the US government trying to make laws
regarding technology and the Internet has been less than stellar.

The DMCA is already bad enough, but we continue to see things like
PROTECT IP and SOPA pop up in attempts to hand over even more control
of the Internet to those with enough money to buy the votes; at great
cost to service providers and universities, mind you.

Over the past few years it has become blatantly obvious that entire
industries are trying to gain special control over the Internet.  The
RIAA and the MPAA both being openly guilty:

"Candidly, those who count on quote 'Hollywood' for support need to
understand that this industry is watching very carefully who's going
to stand up for them when their job is at stake, don't ask me to write
a check for you when you think your job is at risk and then don't pay
any attention to me when my job is at stake."

Chris Dodd, CEO MPAA in response to Obama position on SOPA.

With attempts at government control of DNS already underway, I think
handing over control of BGP would be a dream come true for these guys.

No thank you,

I think the Internet is doing just fine.

If anything, I think we need the US government to roll back excessive
copyright and software patent law, and push for the repeal of the

Just my 5 cents.

Ray Soucy

Epic Communications Specialist

Phone: +1 (207) 561-3526

Networkmaine, a Unit of the University of Maine System

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