Reasonable Network Management: Best Practices for Network Neutrality
An Industry Whitepaper
Massive investments in Internet infrastructure by communications service providers (CSPs) have enabled consumer Internet traffic to grow at 40% per year in mature markets, and at even higher rates in developing markets.
Yet, despite these efforts, capacity bottlenecks still appear. The simple fact is that to keep Internet access affordable, infrastructure must be shared in an oversubscription model.
No amount of capacity expansion can completely eliminate congestion, so CSPs must find additional means of preserving fair access and high quality of experience for their subscribers. These solutions are broadly referred to as traffic optimization, a subset of which is called traffic management.
Increased regulation, broadly referred to as network neutrality, places requirements on how CSPs can manage their networks, and often place disclosure requirements around the management techniques.
This paper explains how to achieve the concurrent goals of providing sustainable high-speed data service while complying with network neutrality guidelines and principles.
By adhering to five key principles, CSPs can continue to accommodate enormous data growth while employing reasonable traffic management techniques to protect the network’s ability to deliver high-quality subscriber services.