Global - Internet - Net Neutrality Insights


Archived report. The Internet has joined the road and rail networks, the postal system and the global telephone network as a vital communications system; particularly in developed countries. The principle known as ‘Network Neutrality’ allows Internet users to access any web content or applications they choose, without restriction or limitation. This is taken for granted by the billions of people who access the Internet worldwide. However a concerning concept arose a few years ago and it is yet unresolved. Carriers would like to be able to charge for tiered network service – and this will have global implications if it succeeds. This report provides an overview and analysis of the net neutrality debate, with a focus on developments in Europe and USA.

Key developments:

It must be recognised that the importance of infrastructure is that it is a national utility that will deliver social and economic benefits beyond telco profits and for this reason net neutrality must be instilled; in May 2012 the Dutch Parliament passed the world’s first net neutrality legislation, affecting mobile and fixed internet networks.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Introduction
    • 2.1 Commercial expansion of the Internet
  • 3. Network neutrality – a global issue
    • 3.1.1 Broadband a general purpose technology
    • 4. Carriers in competition with content providers
    • 5. Network neutrality and non-discrimination
    • 6. Recent developments
      • 6.2 WCIT and the Tower of Babel
      • 6.3 Telcos cannot wind back the clock
      • 6.4 Netherlands adopts net neutrality legislation
    • 7. Case study: USA
      • 7.1 US carriers keep gaming the system
    • 8. In the global context
      • 8.1 No-one owns the Internet
    • 9. Related reports
    • Table 1 – Visitors to top web properties worldwide – 2008; June 2009; May 2011
    • Exhibit 1 – Implications of ending net neutrality
    • Exhibit 2 – Norway a leader in net neutrality

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    Number of pages 10

    Status Archived

    Last updated 20 Nov 2012
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    Analyst: Kylie Wansink

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