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A Budding War Over Internet Economics

The internet is getting overloaded with videos and other data, much of it streaming out of the US and internet companies, reports David Talbot for MIT Technology Review. Telecommunication providers in Europe, Africa and the Middle East have proposed that big content providers pay to send data over telecommunication networks. Currently International Telecommunication Regulations, administered by the International Telecommunications Union, a United Nations agency, do not cover the internet. One proposal would require large content providers to pay a higher fee to ensure that large data files arrived in a timely way, but net-neutrality proponents worry that such proposals would impose bureaucratic controls over the internet, Talbot explains. Another challenge is that more than half the world lacks internet access, according to Ethan Zuckerman, director of the MIT Center for Civic Media. Talbott briefly examines the process to changing regulations, and notes there is no escape: Countries, companies and citizens are on alert as to their status as internet winners or losers, whether the International Telecommunication Union changes rules or not. – YaleGlobal

A Budding War Over Internet Economics

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David Talbot
MIT Technology Review, 6 December 2012
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