US telcos need to build their arguments for managed net

Tags

US telcos need to build their arguments for managed net

Jan Dawson/Ovum  |   October 13, 2009

OvumLast week, new Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski gave a speech proposing that ‘net neutrality’ principles be enshrined in US regulation, and even that they be extended to wireless networks in some form.

The speech and the muted response to it from carriers has highlighted the fact that operators have done a poor job of articulating the argument against net neutrality and for a managed Internet.

Web players have dominated the net neutrality debate in consumers’ minds

The debate over net neutrality has so far been defined by those that created the term, namely web players such as Google, eBay, Amazon, Skype and others. They have argued that a ‘neutral’ Internet would foster openness, innovation and investment, and that it would give consumers (rather than broadband providers) the right to choose which web services and applications succeed or fail.

Broadband providers have struggled to formulate their response to these arguments, and have focused on arguments that centre on their own businesses, such as the need to preserve investment, the perceived ‘unfairness’ of the current broadband business model under which successful web players ‘use their pipes for free’, and so on.

The result has been a lack of popular support for the broadband providers and an overwhelming range of support for the web players among consumer groups, but also among the people in the best position to do something about it. President Obama made net neutrality a campaign issue, and it is already clear that Chairman Genachowski intends to pursue the issue strongly.

In his speech he picked up many of the themes and arguments used by the Open Internet Coalition and others lobbying for net neutrality. The web players appear to have won the argument.

12

Tell Us What You Think

Add comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <strong> <cite> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd> <a> <p> <span> <div> <h1> <h2> <h3> <h4> <h5> <h6> <img> <img /> <map> <area> <hr> <br> <br /> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd> <table> <tr> <td> <em> <b> <u> <i> <strong> <font> <del> <ins> <sub> <sup> <quote> <blockquote> <pre> <address> <code> <cite> <embed> <object> <strike> <caption>
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
  • Use <!--pagebreak--> to create page breaks.

More information about formatting options

Video from Telecom Channel

New CEO outlines Orga’s direction and trends in billing
Ramez Younan talks about why he joined Orga and how online, real-time connectivity will transform the industry.    
 

Voices_tabs

After the acquisition, Ciena unveils new product set
And 2.5GHz frequencies as well
Proposed regulations could force carriers to either raise access prices or slash investment
Cash-strapped Indian mobile operators are looking to app stores and other VAS for the profits they can't get from voice charges
The inconvenient truth is that the longer we wait, the more costly it will be
Everyone seems concerned about the fragmentation of device platforms, but there are no signs of consolidation anywhere

businessweek_industryview

The CEO of the world's No. 1 cell-phone maker discusses dealmaking, a partnership with Microsoft, and the pace of change at Nokia
IPoDWDM can increase network throughput and reduce costs at the same time – but implementation can be tricky

MWC2010 List

MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2010
HTC guns for top 3 smartphone makers
Powermat wants to charge your desktop
Femtos outlook improves as cellcos seek offload options
Cheaper smartphones key to broadband takeup

Frontpage Content by Category

Industry experts put their heads together and stick their necks out to call the big trends for 2010

lighter_side_telecom_career

IBM-backed consortium wins the bid
CTO resigns, AlcaLu replaces local head