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September 17, 2010

Net Neutrality 2.0: Don’t Block the Pipe, Lubricate the Market



Telco 2.0’s response to the issue of ‘Net Neutrality’ is now available in full on our Research website here.

Background

‘Net Neutrality’ has gathered increasing momentum as a market issue, with AT&T, Verizon, major European telcos and Google and others all making their points in advance of the Ofcom, EC, and FCC consultation processes.

‘Net Neutrality 2.0: Don’t Block the Pipe, Lubricate the Market’ is our input to these processes.

Telco 2.0’s Position in Summary

We recommend that the appropriate general response to concerns over ‘Net Neutrality’ is to make it easier for customers to understand what they should expect, and what they actually get, from their broadband service, rather than impose strict technical rules or regulation about how ISPs should manage their networks.

The paper summarises the issues, analyses the causes and effects, and gives our recommendations on ‘best practice’ in traffic management and how to regulate it.

Next Steps

We’ll be discussing ‘Net Neutrality’, and working through key traffic management ‘Use Cases’ identified in the paper, at the next Telco 2.0 Executive Brainstorms - Americas Los Angeles, October 27-28, and EMEA, London, November 9-10, 2010.

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May 29, 2009

Mobile Standards Processes: Inhibiting business model innovation?

(This is a modified version of an article first published by Dean Bubley, an Associate of the Telco 2.0 Initiative, on his Disruptive Wireless blog)

An important area for Telco 2.0 strategists to consider is the way that technical standards are created in the communications industry, and the direct and indirect impact this has on future business models.

Either by deliberate intent by “traditionalists”, or accidental inertia, standards often tend to entrench Telco 1.0 thinking and processes. Going forward, it will be important to influence the way standards (and requirements) are developed, in order to ensure that business model innovation is not “frozen” out of future technlogical deployments.

Attendance at the recent LTE Summit in Amsterdam stimulated this article, as various presentations and offline discussions highlighted the way that standards bodies operate (notably 3GPP). Various examples showed risks that could delay ecosystem development, entrenching legacy business models for operators and others.

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