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Interisle Files Comments in FCC's Network Neutrality Docket (15 July 2014)
Read Interisle's Filing to the FCC
The Federal Communications Commission has been struggling to find a framework for, in its words, "Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet." Most people simply refer to the topic by the tag line "network neutrality." But it's a much more complicated topic than most people realize, and can't be solved by simple slogans. Nor, it seems, did the FCC itself have a good understanding of the problem when it framed its own questions.

Consequently, Interisle recommends a simple approach where the FCC treats all major subscriber access providers as common carriers that must provide neutral transport for ISPs or others, and leave the Internet unregulated so that competition can flourish. This approach is consistent with long-standing US telecommunications policy and existing laws.

The public Internet evolved out of private networks that had little need for security, were not open to the public, and relied more on policies than technology to limit what they could be used for. The public Internet's business model and policies evolved in a competitive market that had open entry into the ISP business. Customer-centric policies gave the illusion of neutrality, enforced by the customer's ability to change ISPs. However, policy choices made by the FCC in the 2000-2005 time frame dramatically reduced ISP access to essential facilities, with the consequent result that most independent ISPs have gone out of business. American consumers thus have a limited choice of one or two ISPs. This makes discriminatory behavior by these dominant ISPs a more realistic threat, prompting public outcry.

While the FCC's proposed approach is to leave the cable/telephone duopoly in place and regulate all ISPs so that non-neutral behavior would have to be "commercially reasonable," we propose an alternative approach. Interisle's Comment calls for a layered approach where the underlying access networks between subscribers and ISPs, including DSL, cable, fiber, and cellular, should be opened up as neutral common carrier transport services available to ISPs or others, while the Internet itself, including all activities from IP to the application, should remain outside of common carrier regulation. This is essentially the model that worked prior to 2000 and which many other parts of the world successfully adopted from the US, before the US changed course.

 

Interisle News

March 2014
Name Collisions at WPNC

Interisle partner Colin Strutt has been invited to present at the Workshop and Prize on Root Causes and Mitigation of Name Collisions (WPNC) 8–10 March 2014 in London. The title of his talk is "Looking at corp.com as a proxy for .corp" where he presents results of analyzing name collisions in DNS queries to corp.com and suggests approaches for ISPs and similar organizations to prepare to support users before and after delegation of new gTLDs.


February 2014
Streaming Video and the Internet

Video now constitutes as much as half of consumer Internet traffic, and is growing rapidly. This puts pressure on ISPs, leading to peering disputes and other issues with the video providers, notably Netflix. Interisle partner Fred Goldstein explores why streaming video is not just another application in his article "Streaming Video Isn't Playing Nice With the Internet".


February 2014
Why the Internet is, by Definition, Ungovernable

Following on from his presentation "Internet by Definition" at the e-Conference "Is There A Third Way For The Internet: Neither The US Nor The UN But Independence?", Interisle partner Fred Goldstein expanded this into an article on the subject, "Why the Internet is, by Definition, Ungovernable".


January 2014
Name Collisions at Domain pulse

Interisle partner Colin Strutt has been invited to present at Domain pulse 2014 (being held 20–21 February 2014 in Salzburg, Austria) on the results of the Name Collision Study that Interisle conducted for ICANN.


November 2013
Internet by Definition

On November 12, Interisle partner Fred Goldstein was a panelist in the e-Conference "Is There A Third Way For The Internet: Neither The US Nor The UN But Independence?", sponsored by the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information (CITI) of the Columbia University Business School.
His presentation "Internet by Definition" (which begins around 1:07:50) explained why the Internet, as a set of voluntary agreements, cannot actually be governed, though its participants may trust coordination functions, which are essentially consultative.


August 2013
Interisle's DNS Name Collision Report Posted

Interisle's report on Name Collision in the DNS has been posted by ICANN.


August 2013
Interisle provided input to the FCC

Interisle partner Fred Goldstein has filed these Comments with the FCC in the recent docket concerning whether, or how, non-carrier Interconnected Voice over IP service providers should have direct access to telephone numbers. He points out how some of the suggested methods could have a destabilizing effect on the public switched telephone network.




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