This week we are welcoming Scott Bradner, a long time doer, writer, and thinker on Internet matters. Thanks to a listener request, we had already recorded an interview last week discussing peering before the news broke that the FCC would be allowing paid prioritization peering arrangements, which many have said represents the end of network neutrality. We talked prior to the announcement of the FCC’s upcoming rules so we do not discuss them directly.
We explain what “peering” is and why it is essential to the Internet. It gets a little technical but we try to bring it back with simple examples.
Our take on the Comcast-Netflix deal may surprise some listeners because the arrangement is not as far from the tradition of paid interconnection arrangement as some strong supporters of network neutrality maintain. However, we are explicit in noting that monopoly providers like Comcast may abuse their market power to shake down companies like Netflix. That is worrisome but may best be dealt with using other means aside from changing the way peering has historically worked.
We end the show discussing the consolidation of ISPs and the role of symmetry in peering.
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Thanks to Valley Lodge for the music, licensed using Creative Commons. The song is “Sweet Elizabeth.”