The EU Debate on Net Neutrality: What About Zero-Rating?

Posted by Social Science Research Network The EU Debate on Net Neutrality: What About Zero-Rating? By Federico Marini Balestra & Riccardo Tremolada (Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP) Abstract:     The debate over network neutrality (‘net neutrality’) is moving into the realm of the concrete. New issues are already challenging regulators and antitrust authorities. […]

Net Neutrality: an E.U./U.S. Comparison

Martin Cave & Ingo Vogelsang, March 20, 2016 Net neutrality has been an issue that has preoccupied consumers, firms and regulators over the past decade. It concerns the financial and qualitative terms on which unaffiliated content and application providers (“CAPs”) may have their content delivered by the local access provider or Internet Service Providers (“ISPs”). […]

Beyond Comcast-Time Warner Cable: The Fragmentation of the American Internet

This article is part of a Chronicle. See more from this Chronicle Anant Raut, Apr 14, 2014 The fate of Comcast-Time Warner Cable is almost an afterthought for web content creators, who are facing a much more existential threat. The D.C. Circuit’s decision in Verizon v. F.C.C. seemed to sound the death knell for net neutrality, […]

Network Neutrality & Antitrust

Kevin Coates, Mar 30, 2012 The concern underlying the network neutrality debate is that owners of consumer broadband data networks-initially wired networks, but now also wireless networks-might discriminate against, or between, particular types of content or particular content providers. The debate is often confused by proponents and opponents of network neutrality talking about rather different […]

Traffic Management: The Respective Roles of Competition Law and Regulation

Frank Maier-Rigaud, Mar 30, 2012 The internet traffic prioritization, traffic management, or network neutrality debate (however it is labeled) fundamentally centers on the question of how packet inspection technology can be used and, more specifically, if data packet inspection should be used to differentiate price and or quality. As most ISPs operate based on flat-rate […]

Network Neutrality or Minimum Quality? Barking Up the Wrong Tree and Finding the Right One

Timothy Brennan, Mar 29, 2012 U.S. telecommunications regulation has long been characterized by contentious disputes. Pricing, subsidies, and legal authority to regulate have certainly been prominent, but one other theme has been prominent if not dominant: rights of access to incumbent networks. Past disputes of this sort led to a series of separation rules that, […]

Solving Net Neutrality: Regulation, Antitrust, Or More Competition

Gerald Faulhaber, Mar 29, 2012 Since net neutrality first appeared in policy debates, its meaning has been less than crystal clear. Some advocates have argued that net neutrality demands that broadband internet service providers (“ISPs”) treat all bits equally: “a bit is a bit is a bit,” while others make exceptions for malware bits, spam […]

Net Neutrality in the United States and Europe

Jan Kramer, Christof Weinhardt, Lukas Wiewiorra, Mar 29, 2012 The Net Neutrality (“NN”) movement essentially believes that the traditions of the internet ecosystem should not be altered. The NN debate originated in the United States, and particularly gained momentum after it became public that large Internet Service Providers (“ISPs”) overtly or covertly tried to change […]

Net Neutrality Regulation and the Evolution of the Internet Economy

David Evans, Aug 30, 2011 There have been a number of calls for the government to regulate internet businesses. The most prominent of these involves “net neutrality” regulation of pricing by Internet Service Providers (ISPs). In a short space of time the net neutrality debate has resulted in a voluminous and heated literature. More recently […]

Network Neutrality: A Competition Angle

Frank Maier-Rigaud, Aug 30, 2011 Overall, the regulatory and competition issues surrounding the question of internet traffic prioritization are far from solved and the debate is far from being over. A division of labor between appropriate ex ante (mainly access) regulation that generates and fosters functioning broadband competition-possibly also regulating traffic-shaping methods not aimed at […]