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Net neutrality: a policy perspective

  • Publication Date:January 2010
  • Publisher:Ovum
  • Product Type: Report
  • Pages:17

Net neutrality: a policy perspective Telecoms

Net neutrality is a hotly debated topic around the world, and is now high on the political and regulatory agenda not only in the US but increasingly in many EU member states. It originated as a result of a debate between incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs) and Internet content and service providers (ICSPs) in the US and focused on end users' purported rights to access content, services and applications through the broadband networks. This report discusses the current debate and where it is heading, analyses the different approaches regulators and policy makers are taking, and assesses the likely impact on different industry players.

  • Executive Summary
  • in A Nutshell
  • Ovum View
  • Key Messages
  • Definitions and Principles of Net Neutrality
  • Born in The USA
  • Background
  • Nature of The Net Neutrality Debate
  • All about Preserving The Status Quo, Whatever That Is
  • Main Actors and Their Positions
  • Broadband Providers Resist New Regulation
  • Icsps Favour Net Neutrality, Though Varying in Their Degree of Support
  • Consumer Groups Also Weigh in at One End of The Spectrum
  • Case Studies
  • European Commission
  • New Challenges on The Horizon
  • Net Neutrality within The November 2007 Telecoms Package
  • European Commission Declaration on Net Neutrality
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Norway
  • Spain
  • Regulator's View on Net Neutrality in 2007
  • Stakeholders' Views on Net Neutrality in 2007
  • Current Situation
  • UK
  • Broadband Voluntary Code of Practice
  • US
  • The Fcc's 2005 Policy Statement
  • The Fcc's 2009 Statement
  • List of Tables
    • Table 1: Regulatory intervention to secure a neutral net
  • List of Figures
    • Figure 1: Equal access to networks and equitable cost distribution of networks
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