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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... Read More →

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Chris Riley

Director of Public Policy, Mozilla
Chris Riley is the Director of Public Policy at Mozilla, working to advance the open internet through public policy analysis and advocacy, strategic planning, coalition building, and community engagement. Prior to joining Mozilla, Chris worked as a program manager at the U.S. Department... Read More →
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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... 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... Read More →

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Nicolo Zingales

University of Leeds Law School
- Coordinator of the Dynamic Coalition on Platform Responsibility- Associate Professor in competition and information law at the University of Leeds- Affiliate scholar at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society- Research associate of the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology... Read More →

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

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