The subject of Network Neutrality remains controversial with 129 different definitions that are testament of the varied social, technical, economic, political interests and the diverse variables that exist in various markets. A common thread that emerges, from Network Neutrality is the need to break down the categories or themes that could fall under Network Neutrality, such as:-
• Universal Service;
• Network Management;
• Socio-Economic Impact and Human Rights;
• Impact on Trade and Market Liberalisations;
• Impact of Political System;
• Policy and Legal Implications;
• Challenges in both the developed and developing world.
One of the challenges of holding discussions in a Global Forum is the ability to connect the dots by understanding the impact in the domestic market, regional market, international market and the impact of legislation and policy. It is critical that aside from having a multi-stakeholder approach that there should be a 1 day workshop Pre- World Internet Governance Forum Network Neutrality - workshops showcases the diverse spectrum of interests, an understanding of the developing economies and the challenges, basic tutorial on Network Neutrality and resource links with material available in either a DVD or USB.
The Network Neutrality discussion is critical as it will impact innovation, investments, economic development or regression and ultimately the quality of human life for individuals, communities and nations.
To read Keisha’s Taylor’s excellent social report of the Network Neutrality Session from the World Internet Governance Forum (http://www.diplointernetgovernance.org/profiles/blogs/the-need-to-d...
To watch videos of life interviews with two leading experts on Network Neutrality visit thr links below.
Izumi Aizu on Net Neutrality
Marc LeBourges, Head of European and Economic Regulation, Corporate Regulatory Affairs, France Telecom