Infographic: Defining Net Neutrality Without the Politics
The EFF’s “every bit the same as every other bit” definition really doesn’t work for some specialized transports. If you need clear voice transmission, then you need to prioritize voice packets for Quality of Service (QOS) to work. The rest of that story is that if you use IVR’s, CTI, Automatic Call Distributors, those all rely on voice circuit signalling conventions that require less than sub second responses to common signalling, like the “Hook Flash”. Since that signalling now travels via UDP packets embedded in IP in many cases once past the Public Telephone Network Service (PTSN), UDP packets need to be prioritized in networks reliant on large scale telephony infrastructure and VOIP transport.
Despite its name, few people are neutral about Net Neutrality. This contretemps won’t end when the U.S. Federal Communications Commission convenes tomorrow (26 February) to publicly declare where the U.S. government stands on the matter. Part of what has inspired the disagreement over how bits of data should traverse the networks that together form the Internet is the lack of consensus about whether all information should be treated equally and what “equal treatment” really means. Should it really mean equal treatment for all bits? All information providers? Or should carriers be able to charge extra for premium services, but be barred from blocking or throttling access?
Earlier this month, we published an article that spelled out the arguments and counterarguments in the hope of making sense of it all. Now, Clyde C. McElroy, a former member of the general assembly under ICANN and a participant in domain name system operations (DNSO) working groups on new top-level domains, has further illuminated those points with this infographic: