[arin-ppml] Why are ISPs allowed?

Cort Buffington cort at kanren.net
Fri Jan 2 17:31:43 EST 2009

On Jan 2, 2009, at 4:08 PM, Artur (eBoundHost) wrote:

>> Once two people who wish to communicate >are both behind such
>> providers, there is no way they can send >data to each other without
>> using a third party somewhere...
> This is a handful of users. We're just probably talking about p2p  
> users mostly.

Using Skype to talk to my sister in Greece or my brother in the army  
in Afghanistan
Operating my amateur radio station remotely when I'm away from home
Checking in on my cats during the day by logging into a web-cam server
Sending pictures to my friends through IM directed connections
Playing computer games with friends (not massively online, just a  
couple of us)
Slingbox type media applications (not all of it is illegal)

While a lot of this may be seen as p2p, I want to make sure there's no  
mistaking p2p with "violating copyright by trading media files". I  
think about a lot of things that myself and a lot of my friends and  
family do, we really aren't just checking our Yahoo mail or browsing  
the Web anymore. Sure we do a lot of it, but we do a lot of other  
things too, and moreover, I suspect as the Internet evolves, there  
will continue to be more and more applications that involve one end  
user communicating directly to another... We are globalizing on a  
personal level. While NAT can work in a lot of places, forcing it on  
residential users is probably very counterproductive to the evolution  
of information exchanges.

> I also have a home server but I really see it as a non typical use.
> Best Regards,
> Artur
> eBoundHost
> http://www.eboundhost.com

Cort Buffington
Executive Director
The Kansas Research and Education Network
cort at kanren.net
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