9781849660068

Net Neutrality Towards a Co-Regulatory Solution

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    9781849660068

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    1849660069

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-02-01
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

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Summary

Net Neutrality is a very heated and contested policy principle regarding access for content providers to the Internet end-user, and potential discrimination in that access where the end-user's ISP (or another ISP) blocks that access in part or whole. The suggestion has been that the problem can be resolved by either introducing greater competition, or closely policing conditions for vertically integrated service, such as VOIP. However, that is not the whole story, and ISPs as a whole have incentives to discriminate between content for matters such as network management of spam, to secure and maintain customer experience at current levels, and for economic benefit from new Quality of Service standards. This includes offering a 'priority lane' on the network for premium content types such as video and voice service. The author considers market developments and policy responses in Europe and the United States, draws conclusions and proposes regulatory recommendations.

Author Biography

Christopher T. Marsden is Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Essex and the Director the University’s LLM in Information Technology, Media and E-commerce. He was the founding co-editor of the International Journal of Communications Law and Policy.

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviationsp. vii
Prefacep. xiii
Introduction: Net Neutrality as a Debate about More than Economicsp. 1
Net Neutrality: Content Discriminationp. 29
Quality of Service: A Policy Primerp. 57
Positive Discrimination and the ZettaFloodp. 83
User Rights and ISP Filtering: Notice and Take Down and Liability Exceptionsp. 105
European Law and User Rightsp. 133
Institutional Innovation: Co-regulatory Solutionsp. 159
The Mobile Internet and Net Neutralityp. 181
Conclusion: Towards a Co-regulatory Solution?p. 211
Notesp. 237
Bibliographyp. 265
Indexp. 295
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