An Internet inventor opines on network management


Posted by Rohan Samarajiva on August 6, 2008  /  0 Comments

Instead of a either/or response, a thoughtful contribution from Vint Cerf, now at Google:

Google backs ISP-guaranteed minimum data rates

One side effect of the FCC’s recent move against Comcast’s P2P “delaying” technology has been to make discussions about the dark art of network management even more pressing (and they were pretty pressing before). If Comcast can’t use TCP reset packets to limit the number of BitTorrent connections a client can spawn, what legitimate techniques can ISPs use to deal with congestion ? Google’s Vint Cerf, one of the grandfathers of the Internet, today weighed in withn his answer: transmission rate caps.

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