“Net Neutrality & Wireless Net Neutrality: Why Network Researchers Should Care” Scott Jordan, University of California, Irvine
Abstract: Net neutrality has become one of the hottest debates about communications public policy. It’s resolution, or lack thereof, will largely determine whether and how Quality-of-Service mechanisms are deployed in the Internet. I will propose a unified net neutrality policy that applies both to wireline and wireless Internet. The policy is grounded in both communications law and Internet architecture. I will discuss how technical differences between wired and wireless networks should determine reasonable traffic management, and how net neutrality should address Quality of Service requirements of specialized and other services. I will argue that communication service providers should be able to charge both residential and business users for bandwidth and Quality of Service, but not to restrict applications.
Bio: Scott Jordan’s research interests include communications policy, pricing and differentiated services in the Internet, and resource allocation in wireless multimedia networks. In the communications policy area, he is working on network neutrality and traffic management. He is developing moderate network neutrality policies founded on network architecture that encourage development of network management for multimedia applications while prohibiting anti-competitive behavior. In the networks technology area, he is working on the integration of voice, data, and video on the Internet and on wireless networks. Professor Jordan received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley. He has served as an IEEE Congressional Fellow, working in the United States Senate on Internet and telecommunications policy issues, and on the FCC Open Internet Technical Advisory Committee.