[discuss] Will there be life on 1net after IANA is globalized? (:-)

Barry Shein bzs at world.std.com
Sun Mar 9 23:04:08 UTC 2014

A big problem with understanding net neutrality is that it's not just
in the infrastructure layer as the graphic depicts but also in the
logical layer, at least.

And this is not just a "bleed".

For example, if BIG ONLINE MUSIC SELLER became the .MUSIC registry and
operated it as a Closed Generic* and BIG ISP or SMARTPHONE network
operator with an interest in OTHER BIG ONLINE MUSIC SOURCE decided
that was not in their interest so blocked (as best they could) all
*.MUSIC name resolutions I would consider that a net neutrality issue
even if they did nothing to prevent those determined to access those
sites (e.g., by direct IP etc.)

I think that's a network neutrality issue. There are others.

As usually characterized network neutrality is a crippled issue
precisely because it's discussed as primarily or only an
infrastructure -- bandwidth and reachability -- issue.

The 2011 FCC Open Internet Rules (now deprecated) exemplified this
sort of tunnel vision.

* Closed Generic - A registry which operates a TLD only for their own
interests and doesn't offer domain registration to the general public,
or only as it directly relates to the registry's products and

        -Barry Shein

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