Network Digest: 20 materials on networks, protocols and the battle for Net Neutrality

    In our thematic digest, we have collected articles from the VAS Experts corporate blog dedicated to the theory of networking, legislation and various types of Internet protocols. We supplemented them with posts from our blog on Habré: about network neutrality and blocking. / The Flickr / Yohanes Sanjaya / CC


    Total exhaustion, or is there life after IPv4
    • This article will discuss the exhaustion of IPv4 addresses: why it happened and how things are with the number of IPv4 in the world. We’ll talk about ways to solve the problem (IPv6, IPv9, resale IPv4, reverse proxy servers) and why companies are in no hurry to abandon IPv4.
    A little bit about VPN: protocols for remote access
    • About two ways of organizing VPN connections on a corporate network: remote access and site-to-site. In addition, we are talking about the pros, cons and features of the PPTP, L2TP / IPsec, SSTP and OpenVPN protocols.
    WPA3 Announcement: Wi-Fi Alliance Introduces Security Update
    • Overview of the main innovations of the security protocol for wireless networks WPA3: brute force protection, configuration using third-party devices, personalized data encryption and a new security package. Additionally, inside you will find a selection of materials on the topic: the official release with a detailed description of new features, posts about the future of wireless networks, how to protect them and prioritize traffic.
    New Network Generation: First 5G Specification Introduced
    • Another news post will talk about the features of the specification for the fifth generation of mobile networks. They decided to speed up the release of specifications at the request of operators and because of the high demand for mobile Internet. Look for the details of this solution, a description of the 5G network parameters and the achievements of England, Russia, Japan and Finland in the 5G race under the cut.

    Networks and Provider Work

    How to deliver the Internet to remote corners of the planet: GCI, Google and Facebook projects
    • Here we will talk about how General Communication provided Alaskans with broadband Internet via a radio relay network, and talk about alternative methods of delivering the Internet to remote territories: atmospheric optical communication lines from Google and Facebook drones.
    Internet to the village - we are building a radio relay Wi-Fi network
    • Another article on the topic of Internet delivery to remote regions. This time we will focus on the Russian project. Inside, you will find a description of the technical side of the construction of a Wi-Fi radio relay network using point-to-point and point-to-multipoint schemes. We also provided step-by-step instructions that will help obtain state permission to build such networks.
    Billing is the heart of the Internet service provider
    • A small educational program and a historical excursion on the topic of billing: what it is, where it came from and how it developed. Additionally, we will look at examples of how the billing server is implemented and what billing solutions are offered on the market.
    Integration of SCAT DPI and LANBilling network services
    • We continue the topic of billing, but from a practical point of view. Let us consider an example of implementing a SKAT DPI server and LANBilling billing system in the network infrastructure of a provider with a client base of 2 thousand people.
    Effective Bandwidth Allocation Methods
    • The article offers tips on optimizing the speed of Internet access: what network bandwidth depends on and how to reduce traffic by five times (caching, data compression, CDN and Flow technologies, etc.).
    How is the Internet Service Provider Network Built
    • We describe four network levels: access level, aggregation level, network core level, server level. We talk about the equipment that providers use to implement the work of each of them.
    Basic services in the networks of the Internet provider
    • In continuation of the previous material in this article we will focus on the features of the server level. What does a standard set of provider services look like? What is the essence of the work of these services? You will find the answers to these and other questions inside.

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    Providing free Wi-Fi under the law
    • Introductory material on how to organize Internet access using Hotspot technology and not violate Russian laws. As an example, let's see how Wi-Fi authorization on Scat DPI works in Home Computer Networks.
    What to do for your ISP after Google Global Cache is banned
    • It will be about the consequences of the Google Global Cache ban in Russia for users and network operators. We’ll show you how providers deal with legislative difficulties in this situation.
    Blocking Internet content: the situation on the world stage
    • We invite you to learn more about countries whose residents often encounter content blocking on the Internet. The reasons for the locks and the technical features of the implementation of the “prohibition policies” are discussed in the article.
    Blocking Internet content: about messengers and social networks
    • Here we talk about the sensational prohibitions associated with social networks and instant messengers. You’ll learn why Twitter is blocked in China and LinkedIn is blocked in Russia. In addition, we discuss the disadvantages of moderating content on social media and the situation with the prohibitions of E2E encryption.

    Series of articles “The battle for network neutrality”

    The battle for network neutrality: a background
    • This article opens our multi-part series of publications on Net Neutrality and begins by defining the essence and origins of the concept. We are talking about the emergence of the term, the role of private and public telecommunications companies in shaping the principles of network neutrality, as well as about the main historical stages in the development of these principles.
    The battle for network neutrality: operator wars and the first courts
    • We continue to delve into history. This article will discuss the confrontation between the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and US providers. Let's talk about the most high-profile litigations and the main stages of the modification of the rules of net neutrality that took place before 2010.
    The battle for net neutrality: judicial wars and public protests
    • In this article, we describe the course of the “war” between the FCC and the giant operators (Verizon, Google, AT&T) from 2010 to 2017. You will learn why the US president decided to support supporters of net neutrality, and 60 technology companies opposed them.
    The battle for network neutrality: two and a half years Net Neutrality
    • We offer a more detailed discussion of the period from 2015 to 2017, when America lived on the principle of Net Neutrality. We will answer the questions: why did the Commission decide to abolish neutrality, and how did US citizens, telecommunications companies and the media react to this?
    The battle for net neutrality: state war
    • In the final article of our series, we discuss the initiative of individual states to maintain network neutrality: is this possible, and what are their chances of success. In addition, the material will tell you how things are with Net Neutrality in Europe, Russia, India and other countries.

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