Internet Fairness, or Not

My latest piece for The Register is up: Dismantling a Religion: The EFF’s Faith-Based Internet. In it, I explore the difference between the way the EFF wants to manage the Internet and the new way the IETF folks are discussing.

Bottom line: the Internet has never had a user-based fairness system, and it needs one. All networks need one, actually.

On that note, the TCP-Friendly folks remind us:

The network will soon begin to require applications to perform congestion control, and those applications which do not perform congestion control will be harshly penalized by the network (probably in the form of preferentially dropping their packets during times of congestion).

An actively-managed Internet is a functional Internet.

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