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.