Thursday, June 24, 2010

Ofcom: Traffic Management and ‘net neutrality’

Ofcom, the UK regulator, published a "discussion document" on traffic management, and its impact on Net Neutrality.

See "Ofcom opens debate on net neutrality" - here and the discussion document - here.

"This practice [Traffic management] may allow network operators and ISPs to handle traffic more efficiently, to prioritise traffic by type, to guarantee bandwidth or to block or degrade the quality of certain content. However, it has also led to concerns that network operators and ISPs could engage in anti-competitive behaviour and suppress the quality of content from provider services."

Source: Ofcom document, P 6

"Other countries including the US, Canada, France, Norway and Sweden have adopted or are considering some form of regulatory requirements relating to traffic management. The European Commission is due to publish a consultation on the issue this summer."

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  • "The Legality of DPI - Paper by Angela" - here
  • "Net-Neutrality Crosses the Pond" - here

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