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I'm confused by the definition of "network neutrality". Does that mean all bits get treated alike (email, streaming video, VoIP, bittorrent), or all bits of a like class get treated alike? I'm fine with the concept of giving bit streams different QoS treatment based on their latency, jitter and throughput requirements, so long as the provider doesn't look at where the bits come from or go to. For example, all VoIP traffic might be queued ahead of bittorrent, but it shouldn't matter whether the traffic comes from Google Voice, Skype or my home-brew phone app. Is that what you mean, or do you mean no network provider may use traffic shaping or QoS for any reason? There's a separate issue of core providers paying edge providers for transit rights, or vice versa, which is complicated enough that I totally don't understand it. As near as I can tell, that's something completely different from net neutrality.
Toggle Commented Feb 15, 2011 on The Importance of Net Neutrality at Coding Horror
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