Best Practices for Network Neutrality

| June 25, 2018

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Massive investments in Internet infrastructure by communications service providers (CSPs) have enabled consumer Internet traffic to grow at 40% per year in mature markets, and at even higher rates in developing markets. Yet, despite these efforts, capacity bottlenecks still appear. The simple fact is that to keep Internet access affordable, infrastructure must be shared in an oversubscription model. No amount of capacity expansion can completely eliminate congestion, so CSPs must find additional means of preserving fair access and high quality of experience for their subscribers. These solutions are broadly referred to as traffic optimization, a subset of which is called traffic management. Increased regulation, broadly referred to as network neutrality, places requirements on how CSPs can manage their networks, and often place disclosure requirements around the management techniques



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