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Welcome to the FCC-Centric Internet
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2011-01-25 10:04
Welcome to the FCC-centric Internet, where all those with Internet disputes and problems go for resolution and justice.
Today the Washington Post heralds the FCC's New Internet Order in its article: "Net Neutrality Complaints Pile Up."
Make no mistake, the Internet is changing before our eyes.
The FCC's Internet regulation has short-circuited all three of the core and long-proven Internet mechanisms for resolving disputes and problems: competition, negotiation, and collaboration.
No longer will competition for consumers primarily drive the Internet, because the FCC has set up rules that put the interests of edge providers above consumers, in specifically protecting only edge providers from any usage-based market pricing, while acknowledging its fairness and appropriateness for consumers.
No longer will commercial negotiations based on the facts of traffic and capacity be the primary glue enabling the Internet backbone to function, adapt and keep pace with exponential traffic growth, because the FCC has established rules that market-negotiated peering arrangements based on usage-based market pricing are presumed to be inherently discriminatory.
No longer will the IETF engineering collaboration be the primary mechanism for resolving engineering problems on the Internet, because the FCC has inserted itself as the ultimate arbiter of what Internet designs and innovations are to be declared as "open" and which will be banned as non-neutral.
In sum, watch and see how the locus of activity and focus of attention naturally gravitates away from the highly-functioning, self-executing Internet ecosystem of the past and towards the likely dysfunctional and illegal FCC-centric Internet of the future.
Welcome to the FCC-centric Internet.