Strict Net Neutrality Is Not Fit for Mobile Broadband

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2Q 2014 | IN-1018842


The EU Proposes Strict Net Neutrality


On March 26, 2014, the European Commission proposed Amendment 237 to enshrine into law: “The principle of net neutrality means that traffic should be treated equally, without discrimination, restriction or interference, independent of the sender, receiver, type, content, device, service or application.” The intent of this regulation is to prevent “bad behavior” by Internet service providers, that is unfair or has anti-competitive business practices. However, the very nature of congested IP networks require decisions that prioritize, or discriminate in favor of some traffic, while discriminating against other traffic.

All layers of the network make trades to decide what traffic gets bandwidth resources at any time. This occurs in the base station, in the backhaul, in the packet co...

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