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[ NNSquad ] Re: Moving the discussion onward ...
At 11:29 AM 11/12/2007, Jay Sulzberger wrote: >And publication of our findings: I am for our use of Net structure >discovery and measurement tools. I am also for publication of >results. But such publicity cannot win the war, without a formal >declaration of what is at stake. See: > >http://www.dpsproject.com The manifesto at that page (or, actually, one click away from it) is, indeed, a declaration of war -- not only against small ISPs such as myself but also against innovation and against the consumers for whose benefit we are deploying better technology. It attempts to enforce a legal definition of "Internet access" which is in fact only one of the many ways in which Internet access can be provided. For example, among other things it prohibits: * Network address translation (NAT), which is vital not only for our users' safety but to the economical operation of our network; * QoS for VoIP and other quasi-real time applications; * Policy routing; * Traffic shaping; * Anti-hogging mechanisms; and even * Web page caching and acceleration. What's worse, it is deceptive in that it claims that these arbitary requirements represent a "settled understanding" of the meaning of the term "Internet access," when in fact this is simply not true at all. In the document, the author comes across almost like a spoiled child, wanting things his way and only his way. It's as if someone who liked only vanilla ice cream attempted to have a law passed which said that any ice cream of a different flavor could not be sold as "ice cream." Sorry, but we sell many flavors, and they're all Internet access. --Brett Glass, LARIAT.NET