The costs and benefits of separating wireless telephone service from handset sales and imposing network neutrality obligations

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Abstract

Wireless operators in most nations qualify for streamlined regulation when providing telecommunications services and even less government oversight when providing information services, entertainment and electronic publishing. As wireless ventures plan and install next generation networks ("NGNs"), these carriers expect to offer a diverse array of services, including Internet access, substantially free from oversight by National Regulatory Authorities ("NRAs"). Wireless carrier managers reject the need for governments to ensure consumers safeguards such as nondiscriminatory access and separating the sale of handsets from carrier services. This paper will examine the costs and benefits of government-imposed "network neutrality" rules with an eye toward examining the lawfulness and need for such safeguards. The paper concludes that the rising importance of wireless networking for most ICE services and growing consumer disenchantment with carrier-imposed restrictions on handset versatility and wireless network access will trigger closer regulatory scrutiny of the public interest benefits accruing from wireless network neutrality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Telecommunication Union - Proceedings of the 1st ITU-T Kaleidoscope Academic Conference, Innovations in NGN, K-INGN
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 8 2008
Event1st ITU-T Kaleidoscope Academic Conference, Innovations in NGN, K-INGN - Geneva, Switzerland
Duration: May 12 2008May 13 2008

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NameInternational Telecommunication Union - Proceedings of the 1st ITU-T Kaleidoscope Academic Conference, Innovations in NGN, K-INGN

Other

Other1st ITU-T Kaleidoscope Academic Conference, Innovations in NGN, K-INGN
CountrySwitzerland
CityGeneva
Period5/12/085/13/08

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Communication

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Frieden, R. (2008). The costs and benefits of separating wireless telephone service from handset sales and imposing network neutrality obligations. In International Telecommunication Union - Proceedings of the 1st ITU-T Kaleidoscope Academic Conference, Innovations in NGN, K-INGN [4542276] (International Telecommunication Union - Proceedings of the 1st ITU-T Kaleidoscope Academic Conference, Innovations in NGN, K-INGN). https://doi.org/10.1109/KINGN.2008.4542276