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Kazys Varnelis

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262220859

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262220859.001.0001

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Infrastructure: Network Neutrality and Network Futures

Infrastructure: Network Neutrality and Network Futures

(p.109) 4 Infrastructure: Network Neutrality and Network Futures
Networked Publics

François Bar

Walter Baer

Shahram Ghandeharizadeh

Fernando Ordonez

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The Internet has progressively supplanted older radio, telephone, and cable television networks as a primary communication infrastructure. Indeed, the Internet has become a single communication infrastructure able to absorb a multitude of media streams that used to require specialized networks. There is no definitive approach on how best to use the Internet to leverage broad-based innovation and find new ways to communicate over a ubiquitous broadband infrastructure. Instead, trade-offs arise between the interests of today’s infrastructure owners, content creators, application providers, and users. This chapter examines such trade-offs and their potential impact on the evolution of the communication infrastructure as well as the activities it will support. It discusses the debate over Network Neutrality, technical factors and trade-offs driving the evolution of broadband networks, broadband wireless access, municipally-owned fiber networks, and user-owned access.

Keywords:   Network Neutrality, Internet, communication infrastructure, broadband networks, wireless access, municipally-owned fiber networks, user-owned access, trade-offs

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