Memorias de investigación
Net Neutrality: Contributions to the debate

Research Areas
  • Electronic technology and of the communications,
  • Economy,
  • Law

The Net Neutality debate has intensified considerably since October 22, 2009, when the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposed obligatory regulations on how operators handle the Internet traffic that circulates on their networks. The FCC codified the principles it had approved in 2005, known as the ?Four Internet Freedoms?. These four principles, more or less generally accepted by operators, were accompanied by two more: transparency in operators? handling of end users and service, application and content providers; and non-discrimination, according to which operators may not discriminate in favor of or against any legitimate content, application or service, thus impeding the provision of enhanced or prioritized services to content, application and service providers for access to their clients. This has brought telecommunications operators and service and application providers into conflict over the need to make this a strictly enforced obligation, or to leave agents free to develop commercial agreements, avoiding only those practices which would be detrimental to competition or to users. Considering the importance of a debate already underway in Europe, the Telefónica Foundation has set out to contribute to the clarification of its most relevant aspects by preparing this book, with a double perspective, both academic and industrial. Part of the purpose is to separate the central elements from other aspects occasioned by the occurrence of the debate itself, such as the right to privacy or censorship, which for all their relevance to the future of the Internet are not part of its essence. The first chapter, produced by the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM), analyzes the origin and evolution of the debate, the elements of consensus which allow building a common foundation, and those issues which remain open and on which decisions must be made in the medium term. A second chapter, also the work of UPM, presents the evolution of regulatory frameworks and available implements for broaching the problem of net neutrality in the United States and Europe. The third chapter presents different perspectives on the debate in the United States, from academics David A. Gross, Ethan Lucarelli, Richard Bennett, Nishith Tripathi, Jeffrey H. Reed, Nicholas Economides, Gerald Faulhaber and David J. Farber, along with the perspectives of Amazon, AT&T, Cisco, Google and Verizon. The status of the debate in Europe is discussed in the fourth chapter, with academic contributions from Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Martin Cave, Andrea Renda and Christopher T. Mardsen, and the corporate perspective given by Ericsson, France Telecom, Skype, Telefónica and Vodafone. Finally, Chapter Five, an epilogue, brings together the principal challenges the European Union (UE) must meet in terms of net neutrality.
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Research Group, Departaments and Institutes related
  • Creador: Grupo de Investigación: Tecnología de la Información y las Comunicaciones (GTIC)
  • Departamento: Señales, Sistemas y Radiocomunicaciones