FCC applies net neutrality to mobile

FCC applies net neutrality to mobile

In detail .. this means (source telecom TV)

In detail: Genachowski has reaffirmed the long-standing (since 2005) broadband principles that will now be formalised by the FCC.

* That consumers are entitled to access the lawful Internet content of their choice.

* That they are also entitled to run applications and use services of their choice, subject to the needs of law enforcement.

* That they are entitled to connect their choice of legal devices that do not harm the network.

* And that they are entitled to competition among network providers, application and service providers, and content providers.

Genachowski has added two extra principles. Internet access providers can’t discriminate against particular Internet content or applications: and they must ensure that Internet access providers are transparent about the network management practises they implement.

Much has been said about AT&T’s woes by Seth the blogger man, and in my view, a lot of it attributable to AT&T’s network itself .. but the point remains that these regulations are beneficial to society as a whole.

The point is: If only telecoms had given concessions before .. it would not have come down to regulation on both sides of the Atlantic .. it took an outsider(in iPhone) to make us see the true potential of this industry and now there is no holding it back for the consumers.

The industry had a chance from the time DoCoMo created iMode to the launch of the iPhone .. and having lost that time .. it now finds itself fighting it’s own customers .. a battle that it can never win ..

Having said all this, we need to take a pragmatic approach and many Operators are transforming rapidly over the last few years

We live in interesting times ..