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Friday, January 21, 2011

French activity, British stonewalling

I hear that Ofcom (to be radically reformed in a Communications Act by 2015) is exercised by Mark Thompson's perfectly reasonable suggestion that paying for fast-lanes on the Internet should be allowed as the exception rather than the norm. Now that super-free marketeers Vaizey and Hunt have their hands on all Internet policy, I suspect the BBC is a voice in the wilderness, and that Murdochs Senior and Junior are making policy.
By contrast, the French are likely to be very early movers (love how all commercial lawyers and economists smell the cash and decide to oppose net neutrality!) in coming up with a workable set of net neutrality principles under Dir.2009/136/EC and 2009/140/EC.

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