BITAG To Look At Peering

The Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group's (BITAG) Technical Working Group, the multistakeholder group focused on network management practices, will turn its attention to a hot-button issue in Washington: peering.

Members CenturyLink and the Center for Democracy & Technology suggested the topic, and a report is expected to be ready for publication by November 2014.

"Internet network interconnection, also often referred to as 'peering' or 'transit,' is an increasingly important topic as the Internet ecosystem faces a dynamic growth period characterized by rapidly increasing demand, changing technologies and product offerings, and significant shifts in data traffic patterns," said BITAG. "But there is little public information about Internet interconnection available to those not intimately involved with operating networks – including consumers, journalists and regulators."

Topics BITAG said are likely to be covered include the history of interconnection, how Internet traffic is managed between networks, and the "evolving nature" of data traffic.

BITAG members include Comcast, Verizon, and Netflix, whose paid peering agreements are being vetted by the FCC as it, too, takes its own deep dive into the issue of paid peering.

Jason Weil, principal engineer at Time Warner Cable, and Joseph Lorenzo Hall, chief technologist at the Center for Democracy & Technology, will be the lead editors on the report.

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.