Tuesday, November 15, 2011
The main debate over Net Neutrality is whether or not ISPs will be allowed to prioritized and/or discriminate content. Current US rules (which will become effective next week) do not allow "unreasonable discrimination: fixed broadband providers may not unreasonably discriminate in transmitting lawful network traffic" (here).
Many carriers said they should charge either the content owners ("they are using our network for free") or subscribers (by offering a premium service) in order to allow future investments in network infrastructure (and increase revenues).
One example - Telecom Italia CEO Franco Bernabe said (October 2010, here): "The mismatch between investments and revenue is set to compromise the economic sustainability of the current business model for telecom companies". See more quotes from French Government, Telefonica, DT, Orange(FT), Verizon and Telekom Austria.