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After reading Vladimir Radunovic's Blog on Net neutrality, I finally Understand the principle of 'Sender-party-pays' as proposed by the ETNO (Europeans Telecommunication Network Operators' Association) which has been appearing in a number of documents I have been reading with out understanding it's actual meaning.
First and foremost, as some one from a developing country, I wouldn't stand for such a principle. Rohan Samarajiva
explains how this principle might affect (Widen) the digital divide in his paper, A Giant Step Backward or the Way Forward - An Analysis of some Proposals before WCIT.
Being an African developing country, my country (Uganda) has those problems of infrastructure that prompt for a high cost of Internet. With this high cost in perspective, a principle like this one will only make things worse. Many people will not be able to afford some sites and at the same rate some of the payment methods are not available in my country.
Since most of the submarine cables at the East African coast are owned by European companies, and all the exchange and traffic routing is done in Europe, it is clear that these companies are going to benefit from the principle. This effect of African traffic going through European Exchange points can be minimized if we embrace the point of African Internet Exchange Points as the African Union proposes. With local exchange points, local cache servers for the big organisation like google and the likes will be established which move will reduce on how much African Countries spend on Exchanging traffic. Local Exchange points will also encourage the development of local online services and Innovations which is thought to bring Internet to a whole new level in developing countries.
Every one has his/her thoughts about the principle of 'sender-party-pays' and for different reasons and it is from this point that I wish to engage you. Do you stand for the principle? May be this can drive us to a better understanding of what is underlying in this principle and fully prepare our selves for the Dubai Conference.