CS Professors Enter Apps in FCC Open Internet Challenge

June 28, 2011

The Federal Communications Commission is encouraging
development of applications that help determine how “open” the Internet is—and
College of Computing faculty are responding to the challenge.

Two associate professors in the School of Computer Science,
Constantine Dovrolis and Nick Feamster, each have entered applications in the
FCC Open Internet Apps Challenge. The contest, which runs until July 15, features
two categories, one that will name winners selected by a panel of expert judges,
and a second decided by a public vote.

Winning apps will be those that best provide users with
information about the extent to which their fixed or mobile broadband Internet
services are consistent with open Internet principles. Contest winners will be
invited to FCC headquarters in Washington to present their work and be honored. 
Also, winning apps and the research behind them will be featured on the FCC’s
website and social media outlets.

The College’s submitted applications include:

BISMark
(Feamster), or Broadband Internet Service benchMARK, a home-router platform
that allows users to continually monitor their network performance using
measurements taken from the router itself.

NANO
(Feamster), or Network Access Neutrality Observatory, which identifies
performance degradations resulting from differential treatment of specific
classes of applications, users or destinations by the Internet service provider
(ISP).

ShaperProbe
(Dovrolis), which detects whether an ISP is “traffic shaping”: classifying
certain kinds of traffic as low priority and providing different levels of
service for them. (ShaperProbe is entered solely in the panel judging.)

Submissions
available for public vote
will be displayed until July 15 at 5 p.m.