Facts of Life: The Citizen’s Guide to Network Engineering

February 11, 2011
Net neutrality is a holdover from a long-settled engineering debate about network design. Internet policy should be broader.

Net neutrality reflects the engineering debate from the 1970s and 80s about the best way to use scarce semiconductor resources in the design of network interfaces. These technical questions were settled a long time ago, but the policy community continues to debate them as if they were live issues. The modern network needs to be application-aware.