Network Neutrality

5 July 2016 at 8:32am
A new EU law, created earlier this year, requires public network providers to ensure "network neutrality" – roughly, that every packet be treated alike unless there are legitimate reasons not to.
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20 July 2015 at 12:00pm
There's a tension between network neutrality - essentially the principle that a network should be a dumb pipe that treats every packet alike - and network security, which may require some packets to be dropped to protect either the network or its users. Some current attacks simply can't be dealt with by devices at the edge of the network: if a denial of service attack is filling your access link with junk then nothing you do at the far end of that link can help.
25 July 2012 at 3:56pm
A couple of developments in network neutrality.
This is JANET(UK)’s response to Ofcom’s discussion document Traffic Management and "net neutrality". JANET(UK) operates the UK’s National Research and Education Network (NREN) that connects universities, colleges, research organisations and schools networks in the UK to each other, to peer NRENs in other countries and to the Internet.
Various consultations relate to what internet intermediaries, such as websites and networks, either must or must not do in relation to their users' activities. These include circumstances in which intermediaries may be legally liable for the actions of their users.
31 May 2012 at 3:35pm
Leslie Daigle, Chief Internet Technology Officer of the Internet Society (ISOC) talked about the Society’s eight “Internet invariants” in the closing plenary session of TERENA’s Networking Conference 2012. The invariants are key features of the Internet that make it such a good platform for innovation and whose loss might harm the network’s ability to support unexpected developments in future.
29 May 2012 at 8:02am
[This post was originally published on the TERENA conference blog]
10 May 2012 at 3:24pm
According to the Dutch digital rights organisation, Bits of Freedom, the Netherlands has just passed a new Network Neutrality law. Their unofficial translation into English suggests that Public Electronic Communications Service Providers will only be permitted to throttle or block traffic on their networks if this is necessary:
6 June 2012 at 11:22am
A short but interesting note from BEREC (the group of European Telecoms Regulators) on information they have collected from 400 mobile and fixed line operators on their traffic management practices. I get the impression BEREC were surprised at how varied the reports were!
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