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Wednesday, September 3 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
WS172: Network Neutrality: a Roadmap for Infrastructure Enhancement

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Network neutrality (NN) is the principle according to which Internet traffic shall be treated equally, without discrimination, restriction or interference regardless of its sender, recipient, type or content, so that Internet users’ freedom of choice is not restricted by favouring or disfavouring the transmission of Internet traffic associated with particular content, services, applications, or devices.

To date, several countries have implemented NN laws, while many others are scrutinising the opportunity to elaborate such legislation. Meanwhile, growing attention is paid to the question of how to finance network expansion. Certain content and applications providers have been experimenting new typology of peering agreements that require them to pay ISPs for a direct connection to their consumers (aka “sender-pays” model). While some might argue that similar arrangements are necessary to support ISPs in enhancing their network infrastructure, the obvious counter-argument is that end-users are already paying for infrastructure maintenance (and enhancement) through their broadband subscription. Furthermore, in the lack of an industrial policy aimed at steering ISPs investments towards network enhancement, it seems difficult to assess whether ISPs will, indeed, invest their revenues in the enhancement of network infrastructure.

This workshop will interrogate such questions as:
(i) how does NN relates to network enhancement?
(ii) is the market alone able to provide appropriate answers to guetentee network enhancement in accordance with the NN principle ?
(iii) how can governmental policies promote private investments in network enhancement without impinging upon the NN principle?
(iv) is there room or need for State-subsidized network infrastructures?


Luca Belli

Council of Europe/Université Paris 2
Luca Belli has recently joined the Council of Europe's Internet Governance Unit, where he works as an agent. | Over the past years, Luca Belli worked for the IGF Secretariat, for the Internet Society and for the Council of Europe. Furthermore, he was trained as an ISOC Next Generation Leader and was appointed ISOC Ambassador to the IGF in 2011 and 2012. | | Since 2010, Luca Belli has actively contributed to the IGF process at the... Read More →


Chris Riley

Senior Policy Engineer, Mozilla
I work on a broad range of Internet policy issues, from net neutrality to surveillance to intellectual property. I'm trained as both a lawyer and a computer scientist. I work mostly on U.S. policy though I've been active in Internet governance through recent IGFs, NETmundial, and the Freedom Online Coalition.
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Carolina Rossini

Policy Manager, Facebook
Carolina Rossini is a Brazilian lawyer and policy advocate, working on the impact of the internet on development, human rights, intellectual property and telecommunications law and policy. She works at Facebook on the Global Connectivity Policy Team. Before joining Facebook, Carolina was the Vice President for International Policy and strategy at Public Knowledge, a non-profit that promotes freedom of expression, an open Internet, and access to... Read More →

Elvana Thaçi

Administrator, Council of Europe
Elvana Thaçi works as and administrator for the Information Society Division, in the General Directorate of Human Rights and Rule of Law of the Council of Europe. She has participated in the elaboration of a number of Council of Europe policy documents on the protection of rights and freedoms on the Internet, in particular freedom of expression and freedom of association. Also, she has been actively involved in Internet governance dialogues at... Read More →

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Nicolo Zingales

Tilburg University & Center for Internet & Society at Stanford Law School
Nicolo Zingales is research associate of the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society (TILT), extramural fellow of the Tilburg Law and Economic Center (TILEC) and affiliate scholar at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society (CIS) . He holds a law degree from the University of Bologna , and a PhD in international law and economics from Bocconi University . His research focuses on antitrust, IP & data protection, Internet law... Read More →

Wednesday September 3, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm
Workshop Room 08 (Rumeli -1 Floor / Room 4)

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