Monday, July 29, 2019

6 August 2019: Routing Money, Not Packets

Vishal Misra
Department of Computer Science, Columbia University

The issue of Network Neutrality has ignited considerable public debate in the recent past. While the term and much of the discussion originated in the legal community, we started looking at it from an engineering and networking perspective a few years ago. We employed the lens of cooperative game theory and careful modeling of the Internet including the topology, peering relationships, and protocols used on the Internet.

Our primary conclusion is that Network Neutrality should be expressed in terms of how you treat competition, not in how you treat packets and we proposed a definition of Network Neutrality that expresses that. We present some of our results including our prediction back in 2008 of a rise in paid peering (last year Netflix signed paid peering arrangements with all 4 of the top broadband providers in the US), the negative impact of differential pricing on competition, the inadequacies of the Network Neutrality regulation in the US and the recent regulations in India and Canada, where they are consistent with our definition of Network Neutrality.

Date: August 6, 2019
Time: 03:30 P.M.

Conference Hall, Ground Floor
R&T Building
National Institute of Public Finance and Policy,
18/2 Satsang Vihar Marg, Special Institutional Area,
New Delhi-110067(INDIA)

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