[discuss] African take on Net Neutrality

Barry Shein bzs at world.std.com
Thu May 15 01:06:42 UTC 2014

The problem is not bandwidth shaping, that's a symptom.

The problem is market failure and subsequent failure to properly
regulate what have become monopoly and oligopoly providers. The
referenced article also says this.

Bandwidth shaping is just a particularly obvious and egregious result
of this market failure.

But network non-neutrality* could involve anything in the stack,
bandwidth, DNS, applications, etc.

Anyone remember Site Finder? It was a project by Verisign to trap all
unknown .COM and .NET DNS queries and direct those queries to their
advertising ca 2003.


That was network non-neutrality though not by a party with quite the
market power to prevail.

* You know you're in trouble when the other side involves a term as
awkwardly alliterative as "network non-neutrality".

        -Barry Shein

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