Net neutrality--be careful what you wish for
The need for legislation insuring "network neutrality" has become an article of faith among many Internet fans, and they are finding a much more sympathetic ear in the new Democratic Congress. But in recent days, two titans of the Internet have warned that any effort to insure net neutrality be prohibiting network operators by charging for premium service could cripple the future of the Net.
In today's Washington Post (free registration required) David Farber of Carnegie Mellon University and Michael L. Katz of the University of California at Berkeley warn that "we should wait until there is a problem before rushing to enact solutions." They cite the danger that the sort of legislation being considered could make it impossible for network operators to manage traffic to give priority to the most valuable services, say real-time medical monitoring information.
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