Here's the diagram from the NPRM that the FCC folks mentioned frequently at the NANOG panel
(The Regulators Meet the Operators, at NANOG 48, Austin, Texas, 22 Feb 2010)
regarding scope of net neutrality rule making:
Question from a provider: VoIP traffic prioritization from essentially our own service?
Moderator: One thing that won't be allowed is prioritizing your own service
over someone else's similar service; that's almost the whole point.
FCC person: This is contemplated in the document. Existing services
wouldn't have to be reworked rapidly.
Reasons to be concerned.
Monopoly over last mile has a position to differentially treat such a service.
This is one of the core concerns.
Q: Giving the same priority to somebody else's similar VoIP service
is essentially creating a trust relationship; how much traffic
will the other service provider send?
The subtitle is The Regulators Meet the Operators, at NANOG 48, Austin, Texas, 22 Feb 2010.
The ground rules of the panel are that it's not about politics or policy.
It assumes there will be net neutrality, and it's about getting
actual network engineers and architects involved in implementing it.
Prior reading: pages 41-51 of the
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM).
I'd actually recommend starting at page 37, which is where the NPRM
discusses codifying the existing four Internet principles (see below).
A huge number of comments have been received already, by Jan 15 deadline.
More comments are solicited.
See also openinternet.gov.
The general idea is to take six proposed principles and turn them into
rules that are enforceable and not unreasonable:
Proposed Rules: 6 Principles
Access to Content
Access to Applications and Services
Connect Devices to the Internet
Access to Competition
The first four principles have been around for several years.
The last two, nondiscrimination and transparency, are
the same as the ones Scott Bradner's petition
recommended back in June 2009.
Back then I mentioned as I always do that the FCC could also stop
talking about consumers and talk about participants.
Interestingly, their slide at this talk did not use the word "consumer",
so maybe they've gotten to that point, too.
The FCC is also making a distinction between broadband and Internet.
There are existing rules regarding "managed" vs. "specialized services"
for broadband Internet access, but for net neutrality in general,
maybe different rules are needed.