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What Should We Plan Given the Dilemma of the Network? (RFC1527)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000002358D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-12
Document File: 15 page(s) / 44K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

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G. Cook: AUTHOR

Abstract

Early last year, as the concluding effort of an 18 month appointment at the US Congress Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), I drafted a potential policy framework for Congressional action on the National Research and Education Network (NREN).

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Network Working Group G. Cook

Request for Comments: 1527 Cook Report

Category: Informational September 1993

What Should We Plan Given the Dilemma of the Network?

Status of this Memo

This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does

not specify an Internet standard. Distribution of this memo is

unlimited.

Abstract

Early last year, as the concluding effort of an 18 month appointment

at the US Congress Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), I drafted a

potential policy framework for Congressional action on the National

Research and Education Network (NREN).

The Internet community needs to be asking what the most important

policy issues facing the network are. And given agreement on any

particular set of policy issues, the next thing we should be asking

is, what would be some of the political choices that would follow for

Congress to make?

It is unfortunate that this was never officially done for or by the

Congress by OTA. What we have as a result is network policy making

being carried out now by the Science Subcommittee on the House side

in consultation with a relatively small group of interested parties.

The debate seems to be more focused on preserving turf than on any

sweeping understanding of what the legislation is doing. That is

unfortunate.

In the hope that it may contain some useful ideas, I offer a

shortened version of the suggested policy draft as information for

the Internet community.

Table of Contents

The Dilemma of an Unregulated Public Resource in a Free Market

Environment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Regulation is a key NREN policy issue. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Technology Transfer Goals Achieved? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

The Context for Policy Setting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Whom Shall the Network Serve? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Access to the NREN is a key policy issue . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

How Far To Extend Network Access? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

A Corporation for Public Networking? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Author's Address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

The Dilemma of an Unregulated Public Resource in a Free Market

Environment

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