Interpreting Network Discrimination in the CRTC and FCC (net neutrality)
6 Pages Posted: 14 Nov 2009 Last revised: 21 Apr 2013
Date Written: November 12, 2009
The issue of what discriminatory use of a network means has arisen in two recent decisions of the United States and Canadian federal communications commissions, the FCC and the CRTC respectively. The topic is a contemporary and hotly debated one, as when a course is fixed it will strongly influence the future of the Internet. It can be stated as the dichotomy of open and competitive or closed and oligopolistic. A study and comparison of the two different approaches is vital to clarify the debate, and hopefully guide Canadian policy in a direction that will benefit the whole community.
Keywords: Traffic Shaping, Deep Packet Inspection, Network Neutrality, Packet Discrimination, Policy
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