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FCC Chair: it's Ok to Discriminate Traffic

sl4shd0rk (755837) writes | about 8 months ago

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sl4shd0rk (755837) writes "Remember when the ex-cable lobbyist Tom Wheeler was appointed to the FCC chair back in may of 2013? Turns out he's currently gunning for Internet Service Providers to be able to "favor some traffic over other traffic". A dangerous precedent considering the Open Internet Order in 2010 forbid such action if it fell under unreasonable discrimination. The bendy interpretation of the 2010 order is apparently aimed somewhat at Netflix as Wheeler stated: "Netflix might say, 'I'll pay in order to make sure that my subscriber might receive the best possible transmission of this movie.'""

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Favoring nothing, how about blocking some (1)

DFDumont (19326) | about 8 months ago | (#45599267)

Irrespective of the business opportunities afforded ISP's and backbone providers by offering 'premium' transmission services, I'd like to see someone propose limiting or blocking nefarious traffic. For instance, anything that violates an established RFC, (Think ping of death) or port scanning. We have left the infancy stage of the Internet and can no longer trust all participants to "play by the rules". They aren't. The only facility in place to stop such traffic is the one with the registered BGP AS#, not your home or corporate firewall. We could reasonably block 80% of the attack traffic by simple firewall rules at every meet point between providers that filtered on 20% of well known attack vectors. (See Pareto Principle)

Kick this idea out now, don't wait (1)

Traze (1167415) | about 8 months ago | (#45600247)

Whitehouse.gov petition [whitehouse.gov]
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