Date: Mon, Jul 3, 2006 3:30 PM
Subject: How to fix the internet ... ;-)
First, I apologize for the overly optimistic and simplistic
I've been on the 'net since the mid 80's as a student,
then via a dialup
UUCP connection for Usenet and e-mail. When I could afford
my own leased
line, I set up my own domain in '94.
I think that I have lived the history to provide some
salient background on
what has to occur in order to clean up the net.
First, for domain registration, it is far to easy to
create a domain with
fictional credentials as if the domain name was property
and we were living
in the land rush of the 1800's. Because the domain name
virtual real-estate, there needs to be some form of verification
tracking. While I'm not going to attempt to outline a
solution here, I
merely point out that this is an area that needs to be
believe that it is possible to put in to place a methodology
allow one to verify a registration of a domain and to
not create a negative
Second, if the telcos wish to create a tiered internet,
then they should be
allowed to under FCC and FTC regulated processes. (Along
laws and convention.) The carriers should be allowed
to do this if they
pass certain criteria.
1) That they conform to the "net-etiquette" and
clean up their
networks. A simple example is to filter all port 25 communication
doesn't go through their mail servers, unless their customer
has made a
documented request and has shown the skills that they
can lock down their
machine from most known attacks.
2) They must also agree that they are a common carrier
and that if
they are going to filter base on the type of packet,
then they can not
filter based on the location of the packet. For example
if they want to
segment and provide priority for VOIP (Voice over IP)
then they must allow
any and all VOIP traffic access to this segment and priority
they are going to charge a premium, then it should controlled
and the same
for all customers based on a set schedule or tariff.
All of this must also
be part of a peering agreement.
I'm sure if we were to think through this, one could
outline a complete
method that would allow the telcos to get what they want
and to give the
people what they need at a price we could all afford.
I believe that the government should retain control
of the "internet" due to
the need of continued funding for R&D to improve
services, as well as acting
as an impartial sounding board. In addition, the internet
has now become an
infrastructure too important to the welfare of the US
to be privatized and
raped by corporations.
I strongly believe that to "fix" the net,
the US govt must retain control
and spend time, money and research effort to enhance
infrastructure that is already in place.