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Should users be entitled to use and control the devices of their choice on networks?

By: Shaffer, G.; Jordan, S.;

2012 / IEEE / 978-1-4673-0269-2

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This item was taken from the IEEE Conference ' Should users be entitled to use and control the devices of their choice on networks? ' Much of the research on an Internet of Things assumes that users will be able to connect devices without consent by or interference from their service providers. However, in cable and satellite television networks, cellular networks, and some broadband Internet networks, the service provider often only allows use of set-top boxes, smart phones, and residential gateways obtained directly from the provider. The ability of a provider to implement such restrictions is limited by communications law. We review how communications law in the United States currently addresses the right of a user to connect devices of their choice. We propose a set of user and service provider rights that should guide development of new legal principles. We identify the pertinent network architectural principles, and propose concepts that can be used to create a new legal framework for device attachment to telephone networks, video networks, cellular networks, and the Internet. We illustrate how this legal framework, combined with standardized interfaces and protocols, can ensure an open network that supports innovation in devices.