Friday, January 23, 2015

Consumers, not regulators, hold power in net neutrality debate

The net neutrality debate has appeared to pit content providers against ISPs. Campaigners in favour of net neutrality say everyone should be treated equally, amid fears that introducing higher charges would price smaller companies and start-ups out of the market.

But those against it argue that businesses such as Netflix should contribute more to the cost of the network they use so heavily.

Glenn Hower, research analyst at Parks Associates said the issue would be influenced by regulators, but would ultimately be decided by consumers.

“It's really boiling down to everyone trying to protect their assets,” he told Cable.co.uk at International CES.

“The service providers, they want to feel that they're being treated fairly and that they're getting what they deserve out of their investment in the infrastructure.

“And of course the content providers feel that they're providing a valuable service and that their assets and their IP should be protected as well.”

There are many compelling arguments on both sides, he said.

From the article "Consumers, not regulators, hold power in net neutrality debate" by Ellen Branagh.

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