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European Commission Urges Governments to Back Net Neutrality

Publication Date: 
June 18, 2008
Source: 
Communications Daily

Communications Daily references Professor Lawrence Lessig's comments at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's ministerial summit in Seoul:

Stanford University Professor Lawrence Lessig and Timothy Wu of Columbia University Law School both made the case for net neutrality as the Internet develops. The Internet "serves the interests of society, of culture, of social activity that's not commercial," Lessig said. "If you focus on just the commercial, you'll not supply the infrastructure necessary for these other important components." Lessig said Internet infrastructure must be designed to provide "maximum competition in applications and content... to protect the network against owners of the network who would protect themselves from competition."

The changing landscape has eroded the control of incumbent carriers, Wu said. The term "convergence" isn't the best way to describe what is going on in the Internet revolution, he said. The Internet "has opened the market to so many different players that can also be providers of services," he said. "The relevant fact isn't that everything is being carried on one pipe, but that the number of actors who can potentially be in the market has increased dramatically and is no longer just the network owners."