Net neutrality 2018: where do we stand now?
IIC UK chapter event
6 September 2018, 17.00 for 17.30 start
hosted by Arnold & Porter
International Financial Centre, 25 Old Broad St, London EC2N 1HQ
An exploration of international experiences and challenges ahead
Over the past decade, net neutrality grew as one of the major policy debates on the information society scene, partly reflecting the tensions between rapidly ‘converging’ actors in the market. Invented in the US and the subject of several cases there already by the mid-2000s, the concept and its practical manifestations such as app throttling and blocking became known in Europe, and soon legislated upon, particularly with the 2014 EU legislation now in place.
Four years on, there have been several dozen cases being handled by telecom regulators in the EU, with the question of ‘zero rating’ in particular becoming a particular concern; net neutrality legislations have been enacted in a number of places around the world, including famously in India; and more recently, the US legislation went through a significant evolution which saw extensive mainstream media coverage and the FCC receiving millions of comments.
The IIC was one of the first platforms for policy exchanges on net neutrality – with the subject bringing together high numbers of experts from across the telecom, Internet and audiovisual fields in particular, for very lively discussions. Now is a good time for the IIC to come back to the topic and take stock of where we are at, notably on both sides of the Atlantic.
Rather than debating the merits of net neutrality, the panelists gathered for this IIC UK event will discuss the lessons learnt from experience and cases so far in Europe; hear the latest from the US ‘moving away’ from the Open Internet Order, as it’s been characterised; and look ahead to future questions, such as the context of IoT and 5G where the different future network architectures may raise questions on how net neutrality would be respected and the rules enforced.
Registration is now open. Download the form here.
Professor of Internet Law, University of Sussex
Jaromir Novak, Chairman, Czech Telecommunications Authority (CTU)
Head of Regulatory Specialists, BT Group
Partner, Arnold & Porter
Sr. Public Policy and Government Relations Counsel, Google