Tropos is a company known for its wireless networking technology. Its products are used in many wi-fi deployments. In an example of a self-serving and wrong-thinking display, Tropos president and CEO Ron Sege came out today against a network neutrality safeguard. Sege suggested that we should allow the cable and phone giants to offer â€œadvanced, prioritized services.â€ The trade-off he proposed would be for Congress to pass legislation creating more opportunities for municipal and other forms of wireless. He might have just asked them to pass the â€œTropos Big Bottom Line Act of 2006â€ instead. Segeâ€™s proposal would do little to ensure that the U.S. has a democratic and diverse broadband communications environment.
Troposâ€™s anti-net neutrality stance suggests they donâ€™t want to anger powerful communications industry players, such as AT&T. It also appears that Tropos supports a world where â€œprioritized servicesâ€ come to wireless. The company announced a deal this week with Allot Communications for its â€œNetEnforcerâ€ product. â€œNetEnforcerâ€ is just one of the score of products that enable broadband operators to know whatâ€™s in every packet. Itâ€™s a technology at the core of plans to turn the broadband Internet into a virtual tollbooth for both users and content providers.