Verizon Public Policy on Netflix
mysidia at gmail.com
Fri Jul 11 22:58:53 UTC 2014
On Fri, Jul 11, 2014 at 5:05 PM, Naslund, Steve <SNaslund at medline.com> wrote:
> Here we go down the rabbit hole again. This is not difficult. An Internet Service Provider is an entity that provides Internet connectivity to its customers for some consideration.
> If you are looking for a legal definition of an ISP you are not going to find (a >satisfactory) one. The FCC does have specific rules that define carriers
>such as ILEC, CLEC, RLEC, and those have definitions. ISP is really a term
> that describes a line of business. There is no engineering definition of an
> ISP that is defined by any regulatory body that I am aware of.
Correct. "ISP" is not a specific technology or business. It is
based on what is being sold.
You can be selling customers a dial-up service where your customers
are presented with a shell prompt over the dial-in terminal connected
to a hosted Unix server you are renting with connectivity from a 56K
leased line, and you are still an ISP.
By common definitions, by the way, Youtube has been referred to as an
ISP. An ISP is a company that generates revenue by providing
connectivity to internet resources (in this case: streaming video).
Usually ISP is used to refer to providers that are selling complete
internet connectivity, however, not organizations that merely run one
website providing entertainment or e-commerce.
You can subdivide the idea of ISP into various related ideas such as
"Online Service Provider", "Network Service Provider", "Broadband
Service Provider", "E-mail service provider", "Mobile Data
Which are more informative, but generally equally vague and informal.
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