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Volume9
MonthNovember
Year2007
TitleNet Neutrality: An International Policy for the United States
Author(s)Frederick W. Pfister
First Page167
AbstractConsider this scenario: Alex and John still are avid video game players and play hours a day, each connecting from the same town through different ISPs. However, since it is a peak Internet traffic time, it may be difficult for them to play. While Alex has the "Diamond" package from his ISP that ensures he has guaranteed high-bandwidth connection, John's ISP does not offer anything other than regular residential service. John must compete with everyone else in his local area for bandwidth, including a few who constantly watch high-definition video-on-demand and subsequently constrain bandwidth for other users. Would it not be a great solution for John to buy a better package that would ensure that he has a guaranteed connection like Alex? Perhaps he could, but it might take a network that discriminates based upon traffic and that is decidedly not enshrined with "network neutrality."