Interisle Consulting Group

Resilient systems and networks position your organization to thrive under any circumstances—to respond dynamically to new technologies, new business opportunities, and new threats in an ever-changing world.

Interisle's world-renowned Internet and public safety networking experts know that what matters most about technology is how it helps you achieve your objectives.

We look beyond the impersonal canned solutions promoted by traditional large consulting firms, working closely with our clients to find the enduring architectural foundation that unites technology and business strategy to create sustainable value. Everything we do is focused cleanly and efficiently on your specific situation—all of our consultants are seasoned professionals with international reputations, and we don't waste your time (or money) on anything that doesn't directly benefit your business.

 

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Headlines

Regulating Internet Service As a Utility: The Devil, As Always, Is in the Details (4 February 2015)
On the heels of President Obama's call last November for the FCC to take a stronger regulatory position with respect to "net neutrality," FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is expected to share a proposal with the other Commissioners tomorrow that will set up a vote 3 weeks later on new rules for Title II regulation of "Internet service." What this means, however, is not clear from the way in which terms like "net neutrality" and "Internet service" are used by reports in the popular press, such as this recent article in the New York Times:

In Net Neutrality Push, F.C.C. Is Expected to Propose Regulating Internet Service as a Utility (NYT 2/2/15)
"It is expected that the proposal will reclassify high-speed Internet service as a telecommunications service, instead of an information service, under Title II of the Communications Act..."

The details are even more important than usual in this context, as Interisle's comments to the FCC ("Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet") describe — in detail. Our conclusion is that "[s]ervice providers should be required to make the telecommunications layer of their networks available to any requesting party on a common carrier basis, subject to Title II regulation, especially Sections 201, 202, 208, and 254." Read the full paper for a clear explanation of the issues.


The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority in Transition (15 December 2014)
The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) has been responsible for making and publishing the assignments of Internet names and numbers, including DNS domain names and Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, for more than 40 years. The IANA functions are currently performed by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) under a set of agreements that includes a contract with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

On 14 March 2014, NTIA announced that it intended to end its oversight of the IANA functions, and asked ICANN to launch a multistakeholder effort to propose a non-governmental alternative. As part of that effort, ICANN's Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) has prepared and published a set of three Advisories: SAC067, "Overview and History of the IANA Functions"; SAC068, "Report on the IANA Functions Contract"; and SAC069, "Maintaining the Security and Stability of the IANA Functions Through the Stewardship Transition." Interisle partner and SSAC member Lyman Chapin co-authored all three Advisories.

 

Interisle News

March 2015
Reserved Top Level Domains Proposed

Recent reports by Interisle and others describe the risks associated with the delegation of top-level domain names (TLDs that have previously been used to anchor locally-defined private naming schemes (e.g., Microsoft Active Directory domains)—a scenario commonly referred to as name collision. Three names are identified as particularly risky in the studies by Interisle, JAS Advisors, and ICANN's Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC): home, corp, and mail. Permanent reservation of these three names has been proposed to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) by Interisle partner Lyman Chapin and his colleague Mark McFadden of InterConnect Communications in an Internet Draft that will be discussed at the upcoming IETF meeting in Dallas.


December 2014
Interisle Prepares for OECD Ministerial

The Internet Society coordinates the Internet Technical Advisory Committee (ITAC) for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). In preparation for the OECD Ministerial meeting in Mexico City in 2016, Interisle partner Lyman Chapin writes in the latest ITAC newsletter about The Open Internet, and why it is "more than just a good idea." We've all used the term Open Internet so often, in so many different contexts, that we tend to assume that everyone knows what it means—and that it means the same thing to everyone. But some people think that having an "open Internet" is the same as having "network neutrality," and others think that an "open Internet" is simply an anarchy in which the rule of law and other norms of human behavior don't apply. Neither viewpoint captures the essential properties of openness that make the Internet such a uniquely valuable platform for social and economic growth.


December 2014
Interisle Contributes to Ofcom Report

Interisle partner Colin Strutt, working with Jim Reid (RTFM), produced the report on UK IPv4 and IPv6 address allocations for, and now published by, Ofcom, the UK communications regulator. Portions of the report were included in the larger Ofcom Infrastructure Report 2014.


October 2014
Interisle Presents at WISPA Convention

Interisle partner Fred Goldstein spoke at WISPAPALOOZA, the annual convention of the Wireless ISP Association (WISPA), in Las Vegas. His topics included hybrid fiber-wireless networks and opportunities for WISPs selling to local governments. Both drew upon Interisle's experiences managing PSnet for the Metro Boston Homeland Security Region. He also joined attorney Steve Coran in a presentation on Network Neutrality, a subject in which the interests of small ISPs, and their customers, are often overlooked. Interisle looks forward to working with more members of the Wireless ISP community in the future.




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