[e2e] It's all my fault
jtw at ISI.EDU
Wed May 16 17:10:13 PDT 2007
At 3:38 PM -0700 5/16/07, Vadim Antonov wrote:
>On Wed, 16 May 2007, Ken Calvert wrote:
>> You are right, one can contemplate. But as soon as one
>> starts talking about it, lots of folks with a firm grasp of
>> the status quo start saying it'll never work, there's no
>> market for it, etc.
>Here you see the division between engineers who design and build things
>which make economic sense and academics who think of pure Platonic
>technology existing in economic vacuum.
This and your previous notes miss the point.
The people mentioned in this conversation who are proposing
user-driven path selection models are, as a general rule, also
proposing that the providers benefit when they are selected - ie,
some economic or payment mechanism.
The reason a provider might appreciate this is precisely to get
*away* from the commodity business that packet delivery (to use your
words) is today. If there is no technical mechanism for attracting
users with enhanced service and receiving a benefit for doing so,
there is no hope of being anything other than a commodity. If there
is, there is.
The fact that the current Internet design largely decouples many
providers from their ultimate customers, economically and
technically, is both a strength and a weakness. What it is not is the
only possible, or economically astute, answer.
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