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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: 2019-Feb-13
Document File: 17 page(s) / 28K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

G. Cook: AUTHOR

Related Documents

10.17487/RFC1527: DOI

Abstract

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? This memo is a shortened version of the suggested policy draft. This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does not specify an Internet standard.

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This is the abbreviated version, containing approximately 7% of the total text.

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

Cook [Page 1]

RFC 1527 Cook Report on Internet September 1993

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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