Net Neutrality

Our Actions, Outputs and Stakeholder Engagement...

In September 2010 the Panel, in partnership with Polis, the LSE media thinktank, organised a seminar bringing together academics, government officials and consumer and industry representatives to begin to develop a shared understanding of the consumer and citizen interests in the net neutrality debate.  The seminar involved Ofcom, the FCC, the EC, consumer groups and industry representatives.  A video of the event is available on the Panel's website.  Speakers at the seminar included:

  • Guiseppe Conte, Broadband and Internet Infrastructure, Cabinet of Neelie Kroes, Vice-President, European Commission
  • Alex Blowers, International Director, Ofcom
  • Zachary Katz, Legal Counsellor to the Chairman, FCC
  • Anna Bradley, Chair, Communications Consumer Panel

Informed by the debate at the event, the Panel then submitted responses to the Ofcom and European Commission consultations in September 2010.  The same month Anna Bradley, Panel Chair, gave a speech to the Westminster eForum Seminar - Net neutrality in the UK setting out the Panel's views. She also gave the keynote presentation at the Broadband Stakeholder Group (BSG) one-day seminar on net neutrality. The Panel then continued to engage with the BSG, advising them on their work to develop a set of principles to guide industry's approach to informing consumers about traffic management. Panel members also attended a number of other meetings with industry stakeholders in order to raise the Panel's concerns on these issues, including further meetings of the BSG and meetings with BT.

Anna Bradley spoke at a roundtable event organised by Ofcom to discuss approaches to transparency, emphasising the importance of understanding information about traffic management in the context of all the information and choices consumers are presented with when choosing or switching their broadband.

The Panel has continued to monitor the ongoing work of Ofcom on net neutrality with routine engagement.

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