Category: Net Neutrality

Articles on Network Neutrality with a focus on emerging markets

U-Shaped Value in the Internet

The Internet Is U-Shaped

When we think about the problem of achieving affordable access to the Internet for all, the discussion often focuses on broadband targets.  These targets are moving goalposts as infrastructure improves.  Broadband used to be defined at 256Kbps, now it might be...

/ 17 March 2017

Resolving the Free Basics Paradox

Today the Indian communication regulator announced that it would forbid the provision of differential pricing for data services on the basis of content.  This decision effectively bans Facebook’s Free Basics initiative which offers access to Facebook and a suite of other content...

/ 8 February 2016

Zero-Rating: A Modest Proposal

Imagine a world where all phones were automatically connected to the Internet, at no charge. Is this an idle fantasy? The current worldwide debate about Zero-Rating and Network Neutrality has brought the issue of affordable Internet access into sharp relief....

/ 25 November 2015

Zero-Rating, Net Neutrality, and the Regulatory Toolbox

The tools available to communication regulators to ensure a fair, competitive market fall into two broad categories.  The first category is the ability to incentivise more competition and better behaviour in general.  This can happen through lowering the barriers to...

/ 16 April 2015

Globalising the Net Neutrality Debate

There are many factors that have the enabled the successful scaling of the Internet into a global phenomenon: a consensus-based, voluntary approach to standards;  decentralised design; and, a vast body of openly-licensed software have all contributed.  But the element I want to talk about...

/ 9 December 2014