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Net neutrality - How relevant is it to Australia?

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posted on 01.05.2017, 05:13 by Endres, James
This paper defines net neutrality as a restriction on price differentiation or price discrimination by firms involved in the distribution and transport of online content and applications. Many argue that net neutrality is a uniquely American problem brought about by an abandonment of access regulation and a lack of competition in the retail provision of broadband Internet access. This paper reviews the issues at the core of the net neutrality debate and assesses their relevance to Australia. It concludes that the combination of strong competition in the provision of broadband Internet access, widespread adoption of volumetric pricing by ISPs and the existence of a well established regulatory framework for dealing with discriminatory behaviour negates the need for specific net neutrality regulation in Australia. Copyright 2009 James Endres. No part of this article may be reproduced by any means without the written consent of the publisher.

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Date originally published

2009

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Telecommunications Journal of Australia, vol. 59, no. 2 (2009), p. 22.1-22.10. ISSN 1835-4270