On Sep 8, 2010, at 3:03 AM, Marshall Eubanks wrote:
On Sep 7, 2010, at 7:26 PM, Richard Bennett wrote:
I think you should have shared the message from our public relations agency
that started this incident, Russ. Here's what it said:
IETF Chair speaks on Paid Prioritization - Thursday, September 2, 2010
"I note the recent discussion in the U.S. media in connection with 'paid
prioritization' of Internet traffic and the claim that RFC 2474
'expressly contemplating paid prioritization.' This characterization of
the IETF standard and the use of the term 'paid prioritization' by AT&T
is misleading. The IETF's prioritization technologies allow users to
indicate how they would like their service providers to handle their
Internet traffic. The IETF does not imply any specific payment based on
prioritization as a separate service."
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This clearly isn't Russ Housley speaking as an individual, this is the IETF
Chair making an official statement.
In the article at issue, it says
The current chair of the IETF, Russ Housley, disagrees with AT&T's assessment.
That seems pretty clearly like a personal (not official) statement to me. But
that's just MHO.
I don't agree with the rest of what Richard says, but in this, I believe he is
In the IETF mailing lists we can play this game of "with AD hat on, I'm saying
this, but as an individual I'm saying that".
In communicating to the press there is never a distinction between your
position and yourself as an individual. You are never going to see in the
paper, "The current president of the US, Barack Obama, disagrees with AT&T's
assessment." If Mr. Obama speaks to the press about AT&T's statement, it is the
government's stance. Similarly, a message by Russ Housley, is taken to be the
opinion of the IETF. (not that I'm saying that Russ is to the Internet what
Obama is to the US).
Now, whether the press release represents the IETF's opinion or not, I agree
with what it says.
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