Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Quality of Service

On the current internet, all traffic is treated the same, so carriers cannot offer higher service even if customers are willing to pay for it. AT&T and Bell South are lobbying to change this -- presumably in their new plan, some IP packets will get higher priority over others.

This does not seem obviously bad to me, but I instinctively oppose anything that messes with the basic end-to-end design of the Internet.

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