As the need for network infrastructure continue to grow, the National Science Foundation is sponsoring several projects to research and design innovative Internet architectures. One such project is ChoiceNet, a network architecture where choices at different layers of the protocol stack are explicitly exposed to users, enabling innovation in the core network, using three economic principles:
- Encourage Alternatives: Network infrastructure should support different types of services and create alternative services of the same type, such that users may select services and service providers that best meets their needs;
- Vote With Your Wallet: Network infrastructure should be rewarded for superior service, such that service providers can be financially rewarded for innovation, allowing for inferior service providers to fail due to a lack of innovation and quality; and,
- Know What Happened: Network infrastructure should allow for users and service providers to exchange performance information to determine issues, enabling innovative network resolution, management and monitoring.
As indicated in the abstract, incorporating these principles will require adoption, and new mechanisms and protocols not currently available (e.g. economy plane protocols). Below is an overview of ChoiceNet: