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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Scare stories on Euro-NN

It seems both Copenhagen Economics and the Centre for European Policy Studies have new papers - the former commissioned by the incumbents has a headline-grabbing enormous figure for what 'it' (presumably heavyweight NN) would cost Europe.

Hidden in the Guardian piece, Ofcom is actually quite sensibly adopting what I call 'net neutrality lite' (and thanks to Martin Cave for popularising the term):
Ed Richards, Ofcom chief executive, said today: "We don't think we should bring it over from the US lock, stock and barrel. We have quite often got more competitors in Europe than in the US. The key for us is transparency. Consumers must know whether there are different arrangements for different ISPs and network providers must have the freedom to make commercial decisions about how to run their networks and invest in new-generation networks."

Well, quite. ISPs stop lying, consumers stop abusing, and we will all be happier.

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