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Press Release   •   Feb 22, 2011 16:24 IST

Bharatbook.com annaounces inclusion of latest report on "Net neutrality: a policy perspective " While the debate over net neutrality in the UK is hotting up,
( http://www.bharatbook.com/detail.asp?id=130815&rt=Net-neutrality-a-policy-perspective.html ) Ofcom should be wary of rushing through strong legislation to bring it about, according to Ovum.

In a new report* the independent telecoms analyst states that new European telecoms laws due to come into force mean the regulator should bide its time.

Charice Wang, Ovum analyst and author of the report, said: “The net neutrality debate began in the US and while it is in its early stages in the EU, it is gathering momentum. However, Ofcom and other European regulators should be careful not to rush through the implementation of strong net neutrality rules.

“They should first allow the new European telecoms framework, which is to be translated into national laws by May 2011, to come into effect. In addition, the European Commission is also due to publish its net neutrality principles this year, which will help regulators to be consistent in their approach to net neutrality.”

According to the report, Ofcom and other regulators should begin to tackle net neutrality by assessing how transparent the market is and monitoring traffic management practices.

“Transparency is fundamental and a lack of it harms consumers, continued Wang, “regulators should prioritise transparency as the most important issue in the quest to improve consumers’ experience. Transparency also minimises the risk of anti-competitive forms of discrimination.”

According to Wang, reasonable traffic management is acceptable if the motives are acceptable and it is proportionate, necessary, non-discrimatory. Meanwhile she believes net neutrality should apply to both fixed and mobile networks. “However, regulators need to undertake a flexible approach to mobile traffic management due to its specific characteristics,” she added.

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Bharatbook.com annaounces inclusion of latest report on "Net neutrality: a policy perspective " While the debate over net neutrality in the UK is hotting up