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Telecom leaders take Intel x86 over NPUs

Posted: 11 Nov 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:telecom? Internet Protocol? interview? Fred Kemmerer?

EET: How does DPI play into this?

Kemmerer: It's broader than packet inspection. We think of it as network traffic and policy management, not just DPI.

EET: How is this playing out with regulators?

Kemmerer: We keep lobbying the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) for a clear set of guidelines on things like DPI, Net neutrality and how to transition from voice-centric services to a data and broadband model. Right now sometimes operators block traffic they should not block, the public interprets it as a competitive move and it only makes things worse.

We wish the FCC could decide what the new policy will be and move forward. Lack of clarity on Net neutrality probably holds back a lot of investment in next-generation networks.

It's a complex set of issues. The end point for regulators is clear. The hang up is how to transition from here to there without wrecking people's businesses.

The FCC seems to be saying there are a few fundamental principles. Network management for congestion is OK, if the user knows the policy when he buys the service, you must protect private information and you can go outside of the framework on an opt- in basis.

The last point is where the real possibilities are because with more time sensitive services like video people want something better than best efforts delivery which is typical over Internet Protocol. We can let carriers present those options and let users decide if they will pay a small premium for them.

Beyond that, everybody is trying to do advertising systems customized to the user. But we constantly keep tripping over a lack of standards for protecting privacy in a way that still allows us to implement those features.

This is playing out in Internet video, too where we think a sea change is happening with things like AppleTV, Google TV and so on. We keep getting tripped up on content ownership relationships and net neutrality. That holds back a lot of investments that would benefit consumers.

- Rick Merritt
EE Times

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