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Expanding the Tubes

Chris Hoofnagle, professor of law in residence | November 5, 2009

Inherent in the network neutrality debate is the interest in providing high quality of service for internet communications that are delay intolerant, such as VoIP and video. But could we provide high quality of service by simply increasing bandwidth? There are many economic barriers to investing in architecture and capacity. A recent FCC presentation suggests … Continue reading »

Not just “theoretical”

Doug Tygar, professor, computer science and School of Information |

I wish to take issue with my colleague Steve Weber’s assertion that “there have [only] been a couple of very small incidents” in which Internet access was blocked.   The record indicates otherwise. Perhaps the most celebrated case (because it lead to direct FCC action) was Comcast’s blocking BitTorrent traffic.  This was not quickly reversed (reports … Continue reading »

It sounds like a great idea, but….

Steven Weber, professor of political science and at the School of Information, faculty director of the Center for Long-term Cybersecurity | November 4, 2009

…what is the problem, exactly, to which net neutrality is supposed to be a solution? The usual answer is some very complicated version of a simple claim:  the companies who provide the ‘pipes’ through which the Internet runs, will abuse their power in the market — unless the government forces them not to.  Maybe they … Continue reading »