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DPI – the end of Net Neutrality

September 23, 2010 Leave a comment

The recent events in the media and talk about net neutrality have once again brought focus onto technologies that disrupt the fine balance between neutrality and traffic shaping in ISPs. Internet service providers and Wireless broadband service providers have been looking at ways and means to shape the traffic, enforce policies and prioritize packets as Internet and mobile internet have set to take off. One of the biggest set of tools that has been used by operators is Deep Packet Inspection (DPI). This has been one of the several content optimization techniques that includes Policy Control mechanisms, QOS techniques and ‘throttling’ in extreme cases. Why do ISPs and WISPs resort to this? Read more…

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Net neutrality and 4G Networks

August 11, 2010 2 comments

The media is on fire talking about how Google has surrendered the net-neutrality pledge and gone with the carriers, but there are technical reasons how it is the carrier-way or the highway. FCC last year set forth three rules – Providers can’t favor their own content, Providers need to explain variable speeds and Providers cannot limit access to lawful content, which Comcast had it overturned in court. Though FCC might posses the power to make rules on net-neutrality, albeit it is the technologies that control the flow of traffic which will decide how much of content delivery is neutral after all! Read more…