Comments: James Cicconi of AT&T On Net Netrality

I work for a lobby group (http://handsoff.org) that counts AT&T among our members. I can't speak for AT&T itself, but I still wanted to say, I find your allegation troubling and a little confusing.

I find it troubling not because I'm worried that AT&T is actually going to block or degrade other companies' services over their lines, but because you don't substantiate it.

The simple fact is all bits are not the same. Maybe in the future where bandwidth is all but unlimited it won't matter so much. But in the meamntime, traffic-shaping is just a way of life.

Posted by HOTI Dave at October 25, 2007 08:19 AM

Hi Dave,
There is no confusion.

If AT&T wants to charge me more for a tiered service, where I buy more bandwidth, and they provide more for whatever I want to use it for, go ahead.

We already do that in the marketplace.

In the meantime, Comcast currently blocks bittorrent files (Dabble, my company, is a data partner with Bittorrent.com, which is distributing legally obtained Hollywood style content, and we index the trailers of the movies they sell for Hollywood).

See this for substantiation at Muniwireless:
http://www.muniwireless.com/article/articleview/6550/1/2/
and the original NYTimes/AP article here:
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/technology/AP-Comcast-Data-Discrimination.html

Also, you say I can't substantiate that AT&T is doing any degrading of certain styles of packets, and yet, you say "Traffic-shaping is just a way of life."

Seems to me you are substantiating your view that this is how it is, and that AT&T likely does it.

It's wrong. I'm the payer of my IPS service, and I get to decide what I want to see come across the pipe I pay for, not the provider. I choose the speed and price based upon what the telco offers, and the content should then be fed through based upon what I choose to click on, and sent through at the speed I've paid for.

The idea that my service provider would block the bits I ask for is ludicrous.

If you want to slow down the whole service because I buy a slower tier, fine. I accept that. But the idea that you can send through your own packets that you have an interest in faster, verses other packets you don't have an interest in is just wrong.

That's what net neutrality is about and I oppose the spin meisters who would try to make people think this is about tiered services with different overall speeds.

mary

Posted by mary hodder at October 25, 2007 08:58 AM