[discuss] African take on Net Neutrality
Milton L Mueller
mueller at syr.edu
Thu May 15 08:49:36 UTC 2014
Net neutrality is about nondiscriminatory access to content, applications and services. A bandwidth cap does not discriminate among content, applications and services. It is quintessentially neutral. It provides the end user with an incentive to conserve bandwidth, but it does not tell them whether to conserve by refraining from BitTorrent downloads or Netflix watching or email or whatever. You may think it is a bad idea on other grounds, or you may think it is a good idea. But there is no way that bandwidth caps are a NN issue.
From: Carlos Raúl G. [mailto:crg at isoc-cr.org]
Sent: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 10:29 AM
To: Carlos A. Afonso
Cc: Milton L Mueller; Chip Sharp (chsharp); 1Net List
Subject: Re: [discuss] African take on Net Neutrality
Here we have it!
Sorry Carlos A. I had not seen your response to Milton.
Fully agree with your "transmission capacity" definition.
On top, electric grids also make a difference between transmission and distribution because is the fine differences in bottlenecks at each level.
Carlos Raúl Gutiérrez
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> El 14/05/2014, a las 07:40, "Carlos A. Afonso" <ca at cafonso.ca> escribió:
> I would rephrase, Milton:
> "Any definition of net neutrality which makes it impossible to charge
> users who contract more data transmission capacity higher fees than
> people who contract less data transmission capacity is a reduction to
> the absurd of the whole idea. It's like saying a 3Gbps fiber link
> should be leased for the same monthly rate as a T1."
> I would drop the comparison with kWh, since it is a measure of energy
> flow, not of capacity (or available power, if you will).
> Contracts with data caps (equivalent to contracts with a cap on
> accumulated energy usage, to use your comparison, in which the
> electric company charges you more per additional kWh if you go beyond
> a monthly
> cap) exist for any capacity and we should strive to abolish data caps.
>  fraterno
>> On 05/14/2014 10:12 AM, Milton L Mueller wrote:
>> Any definition of net neutrality which makes it impossible to charge users who use more data higher fees than people who use less data is a reduction to the absurd of the whole idea. It's like saying a 3Gb fiber link should be leased for the same monthly rate as a T1, or that charging electrical power by the kwh is unfair.
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: discuss-bounces at 1net.org [mailto:discuss-bounces at 1net.org] On
>> Behalf Of Jay Daley
>> Sent: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 9:01 PM
>> To: Chip Sharp (chsharp)
>> Cc: 1Net List
>> Subject: Re: [discuss] African take on Net Neutrality
>> Hi Chris
>>> On 14/05/2014, at 12:52 pm, Chip Sharp (chsharp) <chsharp at cisco.com> wrote:
>>> Now is being proposed the idea that Net Neutrality includes business relationships that don't require direct manipulation of data flow in the network. Zero rating is one example of this, but not the only one.
>>> Is this is really a Net Neutrality issue or is it an example of an innovative business offering?
>> In countries where data caps are common this is often seen as a net neutrality issue.
>> At a technical level the traffic is actually treated differently if the data cap is exceeded, when it will not be subject to the same sanctions applied to non-zero-rated traffic, which is commonly to rate limit or to block entirely.
>>> My view is that we still need flexibility to allow for innovation in business practices of ISPs *and* edge providers.
>>>> On May 13, 2014, at 6:48 AM, Anriette Esterhuysen <anriette at apc.org> wrote:
>>>> This is an interesting read on network neutrality from an African internet perspective. I would summarise it as saying the principle is critical. How regulators apply it has to be sensitive to local contexts. The writer is Steve Song.
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