[video-l] Net Neutrality...
Stef van der Ziel
stef at jet-stream.nl
Thu Jun 22 11:48:52 CEST 2006
As discussed in the previous meeting: Net Neutrality is an important
part of the discussion of volume streams. In the US the congress
steered away from legislation. See http://www.theregister.co.uk/
Lobby cartoon: http://www.internetofthefuture.org.
Basically, Net Neutrality:
- Pros: more reliable services for telephone and television
- Cons: risk of capping, blocking or degrading third-party services
in favor of network-owned services (or overcharging third parties for
their services compared to internal charges for network-owned services)
IMHO QoS, scaling and cost reduction can also be achieved without
building separate lanes for volume and critical traffic, but can be
achieved using smarter distribution. With positive results for
network provider, services provider and consumer.
I often compare this situation with a similar method with a long-
lasting track record: national postal services. (See http://
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mail if you have some spare time ;)
Imagine the chaos if every Dutch citizen had to drive to Amsterdam
each morning to pick up their mail. Your driveway and streets in the
suburbs are relatively usable. But it will get very crowded on the
city roads. The city speed lanes are extremely crowded and jammed. 6,
10, or even 50-lane highways through the country, even mail-only
special lanes would be completely jammed. You'll never get to
Amsterdam. You'll never get your mail.
Postal services to the rescue, since scaling and efficiency is
historically not achieved with cold infrastructure, but with
intelligent logistics. Mail is distributed to regional distribution
hubs. And further distributed to local post offices. On a macro
level, it's even more economic to have distribution hubs, trucks,
postal offices, logistic planners and dozens of postmen than to keep
With a postal-like service for streams, Net Neutrality is not much of
an issue (at least not on network level). Postal trucks and couriers
share highway lanes with other cars, motorbikes and trucks (even slow
grandma) and still can deliver a reliable, efficient, cheep and fast
delivery of your daily mail and packages. The road owners can still
exploit their roads (taxes and toll) and the couriers and postal
services get paid for their services by the end-users (stamps and
Now compare this model to our proposed model of distributed media
networks... ;) Glad to hear your response!
p.s. we updated our tech demos page, with an updated demo on smart
CDN redirection services, HD demo streams (yes that's 720p High
Definition @ 4Mbps) and a historical timeline on the advance in
scaling streaming distribution:
p.s. Unfortunately, it looks like the Net Neutrality discussion is
mainly focussed on the fibers and the networks. I think this is
because the discussion is driven by network owners. They ignore(?)
that, you need active components such as servers, applications, and
of course the content. Which (in the case of Internet audio and
video) is mainly offered by broadcasters, publishers and third-party
distributers. Who also have influence on net neutrality! These chain-
partners have the power to block their content to a certain network.
Or downgrade the quality. And use their marketing power to steer
broadband users to content friendlier networks...
Stef van der Ziel - stef at jet-stream.nl - 06 234 06 348
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