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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Summary of October events - regulators are getting proactive on net neutrality

Its been quite a month, with declarations by the FCC Chair and European Commissioner, and a long-awaited ruling handed down in Canada, together with a sensible APCOMMS report from the UK Parliament. What do all these declarations and decisions mean?

Well, though some advocates might wish for more, it means that regulators are convinced that there is a net neutrality problem, and that ISPs must begin to justify their traffic management practices to both consumers via notice and to regulators, who will investigate and report on ISP practices.

So to quote the least neutral Englishman ever, this is not the end, not even the beginning of the end, but it is the end of the beginning....

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