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Moving the debate from open access to network neutrality: uS lessons for Australia

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posted on 2017-05-01, 03:51 authored by Kelso, Ross
Against the backdrop of the Rudd government's 2007 election promise for a national wholesale broadband network to be operated under open access principles, this paper explores how the debate in the United States of America for 'open access' fell by the wayside by 2002/03 and was replaced by strident calls for 'network neutrality'. It analyses why this change of emphasis arose and how the opposing sides in the debate have taken network neutrality to mean whatever supports their case. The paper discusses possible lessons impacting on the evolving debate in Australia over the most appropriate regulatory regime underpinning the government's 2009 vision for this national wholesale broadband network to now be state-controlled. Copyright 2009 Ross Kelso. No part of this article may be reproduced by any means without the written consent of the publisher.


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Telecommunications Journal of Australia, vol. 59, no. 2 (2009), p. 20.1-20.20. ISSN 1835-4270

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