My, freedom is so degrading.
- demand side — freedom to degrade others
- supply side — freedom to degrade competitors
— re-ECN architectural intent by Bob Briscoe, UCL, BT, 68th IETF, Unofficial Birds of a Feather (non-BoF), Prague, 21 Mar 2007
What's the solution?
That last right next to the word "closed" on the figure. The presentation goes on to propose a solution that looks quite reminiscent of the end-to-end provisioning of circuit switching, like in the old copper telephone days.
- these economic effects require change to the Internet Protocol
- making IP more suitable as the basis of a converged architecture.
My favorites, though:
In other words, engineers, sit down, shut up, and do what you're told. Not just engineers, of course. The telcos know better. Seems like this was summarized towards the "freedom to degrade competitors" end of the spectrum:
- engineers shouldn't pre-judge answer to these socio-economic issues
- NOTE WELL
- IETF needs to provide the cost metric
- don't need metric for value — leave that for industry to guess
- you'll get what we infer you want given what you're doing
OK, I suppose this is just one researcher's (and the BT "re-feedback team") unofficial remarks at one informal technical session. But it may also be what a major telco really thinks.