Alternatives to Content Classification for Operator Resource Deployment

Radio Access Networks (RANs) have historically used content-based classification to associate service descriptions with flows and then allocated radio resources based on those services. The increased deployment of encryption in the Internet forces a re-examination of this method. A naive approach would be to have endpoints directly expose classification metadata to the RAN outside the encryption envelope, but this would hinder the confidentiality provided by encryption and require extensive coordination between application developers and RAN operators. To avoid the disadvantages of that approach, this list will discuss both what specific network treatments need to be elicited for the efficient operation of RANs, if any, and what the minimal communication to elicit those treatments would be.

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