Sunday, April 09, 2006

John Earnhardt of Cisco on net neutrality and the influence of corporate blogs

Mr. Earnhardt,

You mention that "The net neutrality issue is a solution in search of a problem that doesn't exist" -- would you explain what you mean by this statement?

Also, do you think that corporate/business blogs are spurring the debate on this issue?

Thank you,
Fiona Torrance
USC Undergrad Student

Posted by Fiona Torrance on April 2, 2006 10:45 PM

Response posted on Cisco's (John Earnhard) Blog:

There has been no need to regulate in this area because there haven't been any bad actors who are taking advantage of their ability to block or slow another application's traffic, yet the OTT's ("Over-the-top" providers) are advocating for Congress or regulators to regulate or legislate.

To be accurate, there has been one instance of an SP blocking a VoIP provider's traffic and that SP was quickly punished by the FCC. Again, a case-by-case basis, not a pre-emptive regulatory or legislative solution.

As per blogs having an impact on this debate, I really couldn't say. My best guess is that as there are more and more information sources out there it will be harder and harder to track what is influential because so many different sources will be touching many different people.

Posted by John Earnhardt on April 3, 2006 03:32 PM

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