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Research Handbook on Governance of the Internet

Research Handbook on Governance of the Internet

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Edited by Ian Brown

The internet is now a key part of everyday life across the developed world, and growing rapidly across developing countries. This Handbook provides a comprehensive overview of the latest research on internet governance, written by the leading scholars in the field.

Chapter 17: Network neutrality: a research guide

Christopher T. Marsden

Subjects: innovation and technology, technology and ict, law - academic, intellectual property law, internet and technology law, regulation and governance, politics and public policy, regulation and governance


Network neutrality is a growing policy controversy, which must be traced in its policy history, examined and defined, and its two elements separated: the present net neutrality ‘lite’ debate and the emerging net neutrality ‘heavy’ concerned with fibre access networks in future. In this guide, I explain its past, explore the legislation and regulation of its present, and explain that economics and human rights will both play a part in its future. There are net neutrality laws in the Netherlands, Chile and apparently Finland, regulation in the United States and Canada, coregulation in Norway, and self-regulation in Japan, the United Kingdom and many other European countries. It is a debate which has existed since at least 1999, and which will grow in importance as internet access matures and service quality increases with the demand on the network for more attractive fixed and mobile/wireless services.

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