Europe consults on implementation of net neutrality

From 30 April 2016, Europe has been subject to net neutrality rules set out in the Connected Continent Regulation. However  those rules, set out in Articles 3 and 4 of the Regulation and reproduced below for easy reference, are framed at such a high level of abstraction as to be almost useless in assessing whether any particular practice is compliant or not.

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Internet access a human right?

Human rights are clearly important. However, (and the watcher is nervous of stepping into Ken Clarke territory here) some are rather more fundamental than others – so I was somewhat bemused to read the recent United Nations ‘Report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression’ by Frank …

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Internet regulation: building consumer trust?

Today’s FT article by Vittorio Colao, CEO of Vodafone, highlights the importance of regulation for all the players in the on-line ecosystem – those building the pipes and plumbing of network infrastructure, those creating compelling content and services and those who provide search, aggregation or other services. His central thesis is that both regulators and market players should …

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Rise of social media means that successful converged services must appeal to early adopters

Today saw the launch of the sixth Olswang Convergence Survey: ‘Does it add up’. I may now be able to see rather more of the authors, John Enser and Matt Phillips, as its preparation has consumed their every waking hour over the last few months. They carried out the first Convergence Survey back in 2005. Not …

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Cambridge Wireless Mobile Broadband Special Interest Group meeting 20 January 2011

Whilst it is very tempting to blog about the new government’s reconsideration of the Bribery Act announced yesterday (and if you are not aware of this, you probably should be), my blogging guru tells me it is important to keep focussed on the main event, so its back to a lawyer’s take on technology and telecoms. Some of …

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Net neutrality: religious or secular war?

Some years ago I was reading one of those very thought provoking articles in the end of year bumper edition of the Economist.  The gist of the article was that you could compare societies along different dimensions and depending on the dimension you chose could get very different groupings to those we are familiar with.  …

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