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Network Neutrality: Controversial, Divisive, Technical

Exploring the Technical Aspects and Misconceptions About Net Neutrality

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ICF International's Don Bishop and Stephen Kane authored this paper, drawing on their vast experience in the engineering and the telecommunications industry, with a focus on broadband networks and technologies. As increased broadband availability drives more users and more applications onto networks, the net neutrality discussion will take on increased importance in the policy making arena.

While the debate over net neutrality is most often cast as a political, social, and ethical issue, it is also a technical challenge. The goal of this paper is to understand the technical issues affecting Internet congestion and the mitigating technologies and protocols that have been employed since the Internet’s inception. This paper will help policy makers, private industry, and the general public firmly grasp the reality of net neutrality and its effect on telecommunications policy and industry. 

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Authored By

  • Don Bishop

    Vice PresidentICF International

    Don Bishop is a Vice President and the Chief Technology Officer for ICF's Broadband Team. He has more than 30 years of experience in the engineering and the telecommunications industry, with a focus on broadband networks and technologies. He has held multiple leadership roles in product development, engineering management, project management, network design, integration, and technical analysis.

    Mr. Bishop has authored and presented papers for Institution of Radio and Electronics Engineers (Australia), Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers, National Cable Television Association, Philippine Cable Television Association, and other prestigious organizations at national and international conferences on new technology developments, trends, and applications. He holds a number of patents for his technical designs.

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Published: Apr 1, 2011
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Stephen Kane


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