ECE Seminar Series

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Department of Computer Science Special Seminar Sponsored by ISTeC

Title: IP Interconnection: Technology, Economics, and Law
Speaker: Scott Jordan
Affiliation: University of California, Irvine; Federal Communications Commission
Day: Monday, October 3, 2016
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Lory Student Center 372

Abstract: The Internet relies upon interconnection between various Internet Service Providers. Historically, regional ISPs paid backbone providers for transit service, and backbone providers made settlement-free peering arrangements between themselves. However, as regional ISPs have gained their own backbone networks, such arrangements have been in flux, and it is no longer clear who should pay whom and for what type of interconnection service. Disagreements between interconnecting parties have sometimes resulted in insufficient capacity at interconnection points, and consumers have suffered from the resulting congestion. In this talk, I will discuss technological, economic, and legal aspects of IP interconnection, and suggest a framework for evaluating such tussles.

Bio: Scott Jordan is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Irvine. His research has focused on Internet quality of service issues, including traffic management and resource allocation, in both wired and wireless networks. His current research interests are Internet policy issues, including net neutrality, data caps, and device attachment. Scott is currently serving as the Chief Technologist at the Federal Communications Commission. He advises on technological issues across the Commission. Scott received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley. In 2006, he served as an IEEE Congressional Fellow, working in the United States Senate on communications policy issues.