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8.00 Shuttle from hotels
9.00 Briefing at the Diplo booth at IGF Village (must come)
9:30 Workshop 53 "Internet and Climate Change", ITU (recommendation)
9:30 Main Session - Panel Discussion "The Dimensions of Cybersecurity and Cybercrime: A Mapping of Issues and our Current Capabilities", ITU (recommended)
10.30 Debate at Diplo booth (recommended)
12.00 Presentation of Research Phase of IGCB, Diplo Booth (every two hours)
14.00 Network Neutrality, Room 1.05, Diplo (must come)
16:30 Dynamic Coalition: Internet and Climate Change (recommendation)
18.15 Internal meeting with Canadian gov. representatives, same room as today (must come)

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14:30 - 16:00 Workshop 76 Neutrality Debate Important for You? (Network Neutrality Debate: The Implications for Development)

Technical issues
All networks need to be managed

High broadband connectivity principles
(http://www.tiaonline.org/gov_affairs/issues/internet_services_appli...)

- transparency
- ability to attach any device
- right to access any legal content
- right to download any legal content


Economic issues
Net neutrality has significant micro and macro implications. Broadband investment influenced by the broad economic environment because of the massive investment required
- Regulation is viewed more beneficial in view of the current economic crisis
- More users create value to the platform
- Optimal pricing structure – a possibility - may not want to charge content providers to contribute to access
- Mandatory net neutrality/unbundling expected to depress investment in broadband plus may have a significant negative effect on investment NGN.
- Centre for European Policy Studies – research titled: “I own the pipes, you call the tune: The net neutrality debate and its (ir) relevance for Europe” available at http://shop.ceps.eu/BookDetail.php?item_id=1755 – argues that the internet is not neutral – pro-neutrality rules/changes being proposed should be evaluated
- The analogy of the roads and vehicles was used to describe net neutrality – the roads represent the pipes while the cars represent the packets/traffic – which are not regulated and may be of any shape or size. However there is regulation with regard to speed.
- issue of convergence – important for users
- internet to drive innovation and economic growth
- activism issues are important to understand the issues
- slowing down the traffic and packets on internet has a consequence of slowing down the development internet

Issues from a user perspective
- no consensus on the issues exists
- Users do not necessarily want free/unlimited control – however what they want is: what they access should not be controlled
- They do not want to be forced to buy their store brands or services of preferred service providers of the broadband connectivity provider.
- There is no value in packaging/bundling of services – rather it is designed to sell services at a high price
- Users question whether a free market would help as suppliers are out to make money – there is an economic motivation to invest – which means there is no one to look out for consumers
- Need for establish anti trust/anti monopoly regulations
- ISPs must be made to know that users are not willing to give up their rights thus should develop internet usage plans that are favourable to the users - suppliers must listen to consumers
- Users have the power to demand what we want if only they demanded it
- The investment on the internet should be allowed in all areas – core and edges without fragmenting it - networks should be built using open interfaces - end to end principle protection is significant
- Users want the internet to encourage innovation
- Use of restaurant analogy where the chairs, tables and food are outsourced
- Users should have the ability to have access to the content they want as long as it is connected to open interfaces
- Users have concern on the future of the internet; content equality and its ability to deliver content in different ways thus encouraging local innovation

My comment: significance of net neutrality with reference to developing countries was not addressed – taking into consideration that the motivation for investment in broadband connectivity is socio-economic development thus deployment of both local and international for example submarine cable is being done by governments rather than the private sector.

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