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ITIF Forum on Network Management

Network management refers to the maintenance and administration of the security, performance and reliability of large-scale computer and telecommunications networks to keep them operating efficiently. While all Internet service providers (ISPs) manage their networks in some way – such as blocking SPAM – they also may use network management tools to relieve congestion. The current debate centers on whether it is reasonable and fair for ISPs to control traffic on their networks, but recent discussions have not addressed the technical and economic reasons ISPs may need to manage their networks in the face of increasing bandwidth demands.

At this event, ITIF seeks to shed light on this debate. The event will include remarks by Richard Bennett, a network architect and expert on network management issues, and Brett Glass, owner and founder of LARIAT, a Wyoming ISP. Following their remarks, ITIF President Robert Atkinson will moderate a wide-ranging discussion.

Date: Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Time: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Place: *The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (map and directions to ITIF)
1250 Eye Street, NW, Suite 200, Room 2
Washington, DC 20005*


Robert Atkinson (bio)
President, ITIF

Richard Bennett (bio)
Network Architect
Presentation Slides (PDF)

Brett Glass (bio)
Founder, LARIAT Internet Service Provider
Presentation (HTML)

Event Audio and Video

Download audio (MP3)

Link to Google Video

Remote Access

ITIF regrets that the teleconference service malfunctioned during the event, and remote guests were unable to listen to the speakers. Audio and video of the event will be made available on this web page soon after the event.

Related Links

“"ITIF Comments to the FCC on the Petition for Declaratory Ruling Regarding Internet Management Policies"”:
February 13, 2008
ITIF recently submitted comments to the FCC on the Petition for Declaratory Ruling Regarding Internet Management Policies. In its commentary, ITIF states that universal access to broadband is an important goal and that users have the right to access lawful Internet content. Yet, even with aggressive deployment of higher speed networks, bandwidth will continue to be scarce for the foreseeable future. As a result, ISPs should have the right to reasonably manage their networks to ensure a fair and efficient distribution of bandwidth among their subscribers. As long as ISPs’ network management policies are transparent, fair, and their express purpose is to address the impact of certain data-intensive traffic on the network, they are in accordance with the FCC’s Internet access principles. The notion that broadband networks are in some way fundamentally different than other networks and should deal with capacity limitations only through network expansion is not supported by either logic or the long evidence from other network infrastructures.