Part 1 Internet, entertainment & copyright

Part 2  The American influence: ACTA & Ley Sinde

Part 3 The Politics of music: Digital Economy Act 

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Is net neutrality incompatible with traffic management policies? Here is another briefing paper on the Telecoms Package, written by myself and  a colleague, Benedetta Brevini. In the paper, we suggest that a stronger role should be given to national and European regulators to monitor and oversee discriminatory practices by network operators, in order to protect citizens' interests.

We believe that it is essential for policy-makers to guarantee the neutrality of the network, as the Information Society Commissioner, Viviane Reding, has said.

We consider how ‘bandwidth management' is different from ‘traffic management', and how in the new telecoms environment of ‘traffic management', the problem facing the regulators will entail disputes arising between content providers and network operators, which gives them a different set of regulatory issues from the traditional, purely network-based,  issues. 

Finally,  we consider how the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was able to address such an  issue when it arose in the US, compared with the powers that EU regulators would have (or not) under the proposals currently in the Telecoms Package. The paper is released here

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Net neutrality vs traffic management policies A briefing paper on the Telecoms Package Second Reading is available here 

 Benedetta Brevini is a PhD researcher at the University of Westminster, and on the editorial board for the Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture (WPCC).  Her PhD research, entitled   Towards PSB 2.0 : applying PSB ethos to online media in Europe  is investigating the policies developed by European Member States and PSBs institutions  to bring public service broadcasting  ethos to the new media environment. Benedetta studied law (Bachelor of Law and LLM) at the University of Modena, Italy and journalism in Milan (Degree in Journalism). She holds a Master of Science in Media Regulation from the London School of Economics. She has been working as a journalist in Milan, New York and London for CNBC and RAI. Her research interests include European and international media and communication policy, new media regulation, freedom of speech law, media and politics. is the website of Dr Monica Horten,  policy writer and Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics & Political Science. She is an independent expert on the Council of Europe Committee on Cross-border flow of Internet traffic and Internet freedom (MSI-INT). She was shortlisted for The Guardian Open Internet Poll 2012. Iptegrity  offers expert insights into Internet policy. Iptegrity is read by lawyers, academics, policy-makers and citizens, and cited in the media. Please acknowledge Iptegrity when you cite or link.  For more, see IP politics with integrity is made available free of charge for  non-commercial use, Please link-back & attribute Monica Horten. Thank you for respecting this.

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The Copyright Enforcement Enigma - Internet Politics and the ‘Telecoms Package’

by Monica Horten

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