The State of Network Neutrality Regulation

Volker Stocker, Georgios Smaragdakis and William Lehr


The Network Neutrality (NN) debate refers to the battle over the design of a regulatory framework for preserving the In- ternet as a public network and open innovation platform. Fueled by concerns that broadband access service providers might abuse network management to discriminate against third party providers (e.g., content or application providers), policymakers have struggled with designing rules that would protect the Internet from unreasonable network manage- ment practices. In this article, we provide an overview of the history of the debate in the U.S. and the EU and highlight the challenges that will confront network engineers designing and operating networks as the debate continues to evolve.

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