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Defining Internet “Goodness” in a Post-Bandwidth World

Time 12/12/19 02:40PM-03:30PM

Room Grand Chenier (5th)

Session Abstract

Does your campus have good Internet? Is the cost fair compared to similar campuses? What is the provider doing with your campus data? If any of these questions give you pause, you need to listen to this session.

We want "good" Internet, which we equate to reliable and secure, but how is that measured across a wide range of users in varying parts of the country when no accurate map of goodness exists? The concept of broadband quality needs re-examination. We present a holistic view of "good" that captures all the facets needed to craft better telecom policies and inform Federal and regional funding initiatives.

The technical community correlates last mile speed as the measurement of goodness, but this makes assumptions about how the upstream network is engineered, where and how physical interconnects are made, and the location of the physical infrastructure on a microscale. Metrics of goodness need to include inputs that might also non-quantitative in nature such as end user productivity, connection security, and privacy of user data. A Post Bandwidth world requires meaningful definitions of goodness that are understandable by policy makers and consumers. Part of our duty as a technical community is to tell our story better and communicate in a more meaningful way that goes beyond just charts and graphs. We'll sum up our talk by urging the community to become better storytellers in order to get our message across.


Speaker Mark Johnson University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Speaker Anita Nikolich Internet2

Primary track Cloud Architecture

Secondary tracks Advanced Networking

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