In August 2011, Broadband for America’s Honorary Co-Chairmen Harold Ford Jr. and John Sununu, authored an op-ed that sets the record straight. “The reality is that Netflix and similar services want a free ride on the networks built with more than $250 billion in design, engineering, manufacturing, construction and maintenance -- a system that now provides broadband services to 95 percent of American households,” BfA’s co-chairmen wrote. “Obviously these massive transmissions over the Internet are not really free. Someone is paying for them. That ‘someone’ is the millions of broadband subscribers, whether or not they are Netflix customers. How is that fair?”
A mounting effort to transform a United Nations agency into a global Internet regulator is threatening to undo decades of policymaking that helped the Internet evolve into the open, global medium we all depend on.
Anonymity and the internet may appear to go hand in hand, but, according to International Telecommunications Union (ITU) head of corporate strategy Alexander Ntoko, it wasn't always that way, and shouldn't be in the future.
Current discussions to review international telephony regulations are attempting to include Internet operational matters such as IP number addressing. Placing telecommunications and Internet rules in the same category is problematic, because they have different cost and service structures. Geoff Huston writes that Internet number addressing issues should remain separate from international telephony regulations.
Given the difference in how phone calls and data packets are transited, proxies and packet interception generally do not pose financial threats to sending or receiving parties - these are simply normal Internet operations.
Who should control the Internet—and how? As the international treaty governing the Web comes up for renegotiation, Michael Joseph Gross explores the many battlefields in a war that will change cyberspace.
Unnerved by the Indian stand, IT monopolies are propagating the myth that a multilateral governance structure will kill the decentralised, multi-stakeholder nature of the Internet and lead to ‘government control'
“Ensuring investment and innovation without stifling competition is the key challenge today’s ICT regulators face,” said ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré. “In order for all citizens to benefit from the economic growth driven by broadband, huge and sustained investments in networks are needed. This report looks at how regulators could help, and what innovative regulatory measures might be able to achieve.”
"The US and the EU should foster continued investment in high-bandwidth infrastructures. It is important to ensure that fair compensation is received for carried traffic. The US and the EU need to support new IP interconnection policies that provide both best effort delivery and end-to-end Quality of Service (QoS) delivery. QoS-based delivery allows the deployment of new business models and an improved user experience", says Luigi Gambardella, ETNO Executive Board Chair."
In The Wall Street Journal, Information Age columnist Gordon Crovitz writes that several authoritarian regimes have proposed prohibiting anonymity on the Web, making it easier to find and arrest dissidents.
Central to the Internet’s value as a platform for innovation, democracy, access to information and scientific progress are the technical standards on which it is built and the open manner in which it is governed.
Some unsettling plans declared themselves at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) this week as countries prepared for the up-coming treaty-making jamboree called the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT).
The Internet governance dance card gets fuller every year as each stakeholder group adds its own meetings on various isssues to the mix. Below is a list of 12 meetings within the global inter-governmental space to keep an eye on in 2012.
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