Crocodile Tears over Net Neutrality
Conclusion: Although Net Neutrality has had a much larger play in the US, some voices on this side of the lake are rationalising it’s imposition on the broadband market here. In sum the arguments to apply it in Australia are false, as are the facts to support the case.
Net neutrality will emerge more strongly in the next two years as Telcos believe they are suffering a loss of revenue, or that there are revenues they are owed. At this stage the advocates of net neutrality are lobbying from self-interest and hoping to persuade decision makers that they have a business case.
Policymakers, regulators and technology strategists at state and federal levels of government should review net neutrality in the context of the public good and consequences for the economy, not an individual Telco’s market share.