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More Reasonable Hill Thinking on Net Neutrality
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2010-04-26 12:21
At the recent Senate Health IT hearing, it was very good to hear Senator Wyden say that it's "appropriate for Congress... to start thinking... about an HOV lane for e-care for wireless broadband" and questioning why an emergency healthcare service should not be accorded priority transmission over less important/urgent services.
Senator Wyden's moderating view on net neutrality reflects a better and growing understanding of how essential reasonable network management is. Communications networks have long accorded priority to first responders in a crisis.
The essential needs for prioritization of Internet traffic and reasonable network management are basically two-fold:
This post today is notable because it shows that, as people learn more, and better understand the reality of competing priorities and services on the Internet, there is naturally more recognition of the essential need for reasonable network management of the Internet's very different component networks, in order to make the overall Internet work the way we all expect and need it to work.
At core, as Senator Wyden is recognizing, Congress, not the FCC, sets National priorities... and Congress does not mandate there be no priorities...