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I'm surprised that the technical aspects of enabling filtering based on originator (not just protocol) haven't been brought up more in this discussion. With net neutrality, each router must: look at the destination IP address. look up the destination IP address in a routing table to determine which port to send it on. send it on that port. Once the ISP is allowed to filter based on the site it came from. look at the source IP address look up the source IP address in a table of preferred customers if not present, wait, or maybe just throw the packet out. if it is present, look at the destination IP address. look up the destination IP address in a routing table to determine what port to send it on send it to that port Oh yeah, and by the way, with that scenario, every time you (the new awesome web4.5 innovative company) bring a new server up, you must make sure to update your list of IP addresses with each and every ISP you have preferred status with. Or we can add a reverse DNS query into the above list of steps, but then I hope you weren't planning on using any sort of cloud computing service like heroku where all of your IP addresses reverse map to proxy.heroku.com. Bottom line is that filtering like this will result in worse performance for everyone, though maybe it will spur some innovation in faster db lookups, since we're doing several for every single packet that gets sent.
Toggle Commented Feb 15, 2011 on The Importance of Net Neutrality at Coding Horror
> The real answer is competition. I have at least 4 ISP's that can serve my house. That's great, and you can find one that doesn't prioritize Comcast's shitty built-in video service over YouTube and Netflix. Unfortunately, a carrier halfway between your ISP and Netflix does prioritize it. So you're out of luck anyway. Also, you just had a great idea, but the only way you can monetize it is by getting a patent and becoming a troll because you don't have the VC connections to pony up the millions of dollars it will cost to payoff every ISP to carry your bits at a decent speed. Thank god net neutrality was defeated and we're free to innovate.
Toggle Commented Feb 15, 2011 on The Importance of Net Neutrality at Coding Horror
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