In follow up to Friday's FCC ruling against Comcast, Vint Cerf, Google's Chief Internet Evangelist questioned what a reasonable approach would be for broadband networks to manage their Internet traffic? "The real question," he says, is not whether broadband networks need to be managed, "but rather how." Cerf has also expressed concerns over metered billing and suggests "transmission rate caps" instead. He says:
At least one proposal has surfaced that would charge users by the byte after a certain amount of data has been transmitted during a given period. This is a kind of volume cap, which I do not find to be a very useful practice. Given an arbitrary amount of time, one can transfer arbitrarily large amounts of information. Rather than a volume cap, I suggest the introduction of transmission rate caps, which would allow users to purchase access to the Internet at a given minimum data rate and be free to transfer data at at least up to that rate in any way they wish.
• Google's Cerf No Fan Of Caps, Metered Billing Broadband Reports
• Vint Cerf at it again Broadband Politics
• Cerf on managing networks & the need for industry discussion Technology Liberation Front
• Google backs ISP-guaranteed minimum data rates Ars Technica
• Set speed limits, not weight limits WebProNews
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