[discuss] African take on Net Neutrality

Milton L Mueller mueller at syr.edu
Wed May 14 13:12:40 UTC 2014

Any definition of net neutrality which makes it impossible to charge users who use more data higher fees than people who use less data is a reduction to the absurd of the whole idea. It's like saying a 3Gb fiber link should be leased for the same monthly rate as a T1, or that charging electrical power by the kwh is unfair.

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Subject: Re: [discuss] African take on Net Neutrality

Hi Chris

On 14/05/2014, at 12:52 pm, Chip Sharp (chsharp) <chsharp at cisco.com> wrote:

> Now is being proposed the idea that Net Neutrality includes business relationships that don't require direct manipulation of data flow in the network.  Zero rating is one example of this, but not the only one.  
> Is this is really a Net Neutrality issue or is it an example of an innovative business offering?

In countries where data caps are common this is often seen as a net neutrality issue.  

At a technical level the traffic is actually treated differently if the data cap is exceeded, when it will not be subject to the same sanctions applied to non-zero-rated traffic, which is commonly to rate limit or to block entirely.


> My view is that we still need flexibility to allow for innovation in business practices of ISPs *and* edge providers.
> Chip
> On May 13, 2014, at 6:48 AM, Anriette Esterhuysen <anriette at apc.org> wrote:
>> This is an interesting read on network neutrality from an African internet perspective.  I would summarise it as saying the principle is critical. How regulators apply it has to be sensitive to local contexts. The writer is Steve Song.
>> http://manypossibilities.net/2014/05/net-neutrality-in-africa/
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